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Show Me the Money
Multiple June 06, 2022 Posted in: Blog, General

Most current (or recently graduated) college students are familiar with several of the methods that can be used to finance a college education. The most preferred options are college savings programs (529 plans), grants and scholarships, because they do not have to be paid back. Secondly most-preferred are government loans, which have lower interest rates compared to other loans. Once those avenues are exhausted, however, it is up to the students and their families to find other alternatives. Traditionally, this would mean that students (or their families) might resort to taking out private loans with higher rates than those offered by the government. But what if there was another funding method to consider – one that relied more directly on the quantifiable expected return of the education being pursued?

Autonomous Vehicles – A Revolutionary Look at Insurance
Multiple May 24, 2022 Posted in: Blog, General

A decade ago, autonomous vehicles (AVs) seemed like a futuristic gimmick, out of reach.

Today, however – although the word “autonomous” might suggest otherwise – most people drive some sort of AV. Various rate filings, both for commercial and private passenger auto, give an idea of how autonomous vehicles are being priced with regard to insurance. Although rate filings do not exist for fully autonomous vehicles, many filings offer discounts for having an autonomous feature attached to the vehicle.

This raises the question – would fully autonomous vehicles be even more cost-effective with regard to insurance?

To Gladly Persevere: Pinnacle University 2021
Multiple May 07, 2021 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, Community Involvement

At least two things came to fruition from the 1960s science fiction TV shows many of us watched as children. First, as the title of this blog suggests, it is now acceptable to split an infinitive (that is, insert an adverb between the word “to” and the verb). Second, although we still don’t have flying cars, it is possible to conduct meetings and converse with people miles away while looking at a screen. This came in quite handy as we planned our 2021 Pinnacle University program.

“To Some Arbitrary n, and Beyond!”

The Ever-Evolving Role of Simulation Theory in the Insurance Industry

“To Some Arbitrary n, and Beyond!”
Multiple July 23, 2020 Posted in: Blog Posts, General
We were very pleased to be chosen to participate in the Pinnacle U program for 2020. We decided to investigate the ever-evolving role of simulation in insurance, with a focus on the practicality and implementation of the Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS). Our presentation followed a funnel approach starting with the general procedure for any type of simulation. We then narrowed in on theoretical and practical methods and uses of simulations for the insurance industry. Finally, we focused specifically on MCS and a few applications of that particular simulation technique.

The State of Pet Insurance

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The State of Pet Insurance
Multiple July 15, 2020 Posted in: Blog Posts, General, News
One of the interesting trends during the COVID-19 quarantine was the dramatic increase in pet adoptions. Furry, four-legged family members require financial investment in their daily care. Typically, the costs of food, toys and grooming are well understood by first-time pet owners. Owners may be less aware, however, of veterinary expenses and liability claims that can costs thousands of dollars. They should understand these often unforeseen and potentially costly pet expenses to understand how risk can be mitigated through pet insurance. 
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