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The Year in Review and a Look Ahead to 2019
Multiple December 21, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, News
When we remember 2018, its events and circumstances have been more varied and challenging than one might imagine. Hacks, ransomware and data intrusions were announced weekly. Volcanic eruptions, wildfires and mudslides decimated a record number of homes and forest acreage. The entire island of Puerto Rico continues to suffer Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects. We have also become numb to the numerous senseless shootings in places where we used to feel safe. 
Sharing is Caring... But What About the Risks?
Chris Cortner December 20, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Homeowners, Personal Lines, Ridesharing
The ease of entry into the sharing economy has introduced new risks to many who would have otherwise been full- or part-time employees unconcerned by business operational liabilities. These days, just about anyone can be on either side of the equation – as a service provider or purchaser. Among the most popular of these activities are ride sharing, home sharing, car sharing and on-demand labor. Here are some typical risk solutions for them.
Coordinating the Actuarial Exam Process
Michael Chen December 13, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement
I recently had the good fortune to become Exam Coordinator for Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. At Pinnacle, the Exam Coordinator is part administrator, part mentor and part cheerleader. In this role, I have the opportunity to be involved with 30 of my exam-taking colleagues as they navigate their way toward becoming credentialed actuaries.
Reflections on the CAS Annual Meeting and Our Profession
Multiple December 05, 2018 Posted in: General, News
At last month’s Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, we were each honored to become Associates of the CAS and receive our ACAS credentials. What made this time even more special was the fact that we had both followed “non-traditional” routes to join the actuarial profession. We’d like to share some of our reflections on our time at the meeting and our respective career journeys.
Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke
Linda Brobeck November 27, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Homeowners, News
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” but the reverse is now top of mind for those of us in northern California. Since November 8th, the Camp Fire in Butte County has burned over 150,000 acres, over 17,000 structures and has claimed over 80 lives, with several hundred souls still missing. While I certainly don’t want to downplay the fire’s devastation, I do want to draw attention to another dangerous matter: the air pollution it has generated.
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