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Work in SAS? Two SAS hacks I use every day (and you can too)!
Hannah Kaufmann October 09, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, Predictive Analytics
This past May I was able to attend the SAS Global Forum in Dallas, Texas. Like many in our industry, I work in SAS software every day. SAS is considered by some an industry standard data and analytics application. I was grateful to be able to attend the sessions in Dallas alongside thousands of other users, and learn so much more about SAS software tools and approaches.
AI and the Insurance Industry: A new white paper
At Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, we focus on innovation and thought leadership with a goal to make sure our clients remain ahead of the technological, economic and related forces shaping our profession and the insurance industry. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are two of those forces.
Update: California Workers Compensation System Loss Costs Fall
Multiple September 09, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, News, Workers’ Compensation

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources is dedicated to keeping our clients up-to-date on relevant regulatory, administrative and economic conditions that impact their businesses. Recently, the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) of California issued guidance regarding lower-than-anticipated workers compensation (WC) system loss costs. On September 5, the insurance commissioner of California approved all of the WCIRB’s proposed changes. The most current pure premium WCIRB filing, dated August 20, 2019 recommended a 5.4% decrease in average advisory loss costs, effective January 1, 2020.

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When Preparation Meets Opportunity

Being ready when opportunity knocks.

When Preparation Meets Opportunity
My colleague at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., Gary Wang, often says that he’s lucky. As a consulting actuary in the field of predictive analytics, Gary lives the exact life he envisioned for himself when he was a kid. I understand how Gary feels. We are fortunate to work in an exciting and expanding industry absolutely filled with opportunity. We get to work with great clients and tackle interesting projects on a daily basis. It’s an exceptional time to be in predictive analytics and I agree with Gary: We are incredibly lucky.
Gambling & Insurance
Multiple July 25, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, General
The worlds of gambling and insurance are similar in many ways. Both are built upon elements of probability, modeling and quantification of risk. Both use a variety of means to attract individuals to participate. Professional gamblers are well informed as to the odds of one play versus another; an understanding of modelling can improve those odds to improve the chances of winning. Professional underwriters and actuaries understand premiums must be adequate to pay future claims and expenses; an understanding of modelling helps quantify risk and improve the ratemaking process.
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