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Gary C. Wang

Gary Wang is a Senior Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. in the Bloomington, Illinois office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University. He also has extensive graduate level coursework in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. He has over seventeen years of actuarial experience in the property/casualty insurance industry.

Mr. Wang currently serves the CAS as a member of the Ratemaking and Product Management Planning Committee.

Before joining Pinnacle, Mr. Wang was employed as a pricing actuary for three of the top ten insurance companies. His pricing experience includes standard homeowners rate indications, commercial auto rate indications, and reinsurance treaty pricing for both personal and commercial lines. In addition, he has experience in reserving analyses for commercial auto and market trend analyses for commercial auto and workers compensation.

At Pinnacle, Mr. Wang has worked extensively on the application of advanced statistical modeling techniques to the insurance process. His experience in predictive analytics applications include rating and underwriting plan design, homeowners by-peril analysis, auto vehicle characteristics analysis and scorecard development, and territory boundary development. Mr. Wang has made numerous presentations on topics relating to predictive modeling, ratemaking, and insurance credit‐based scoring.

Publications and Media

February 2019 APEX Webinar
The Actuary’s Evolving Role in Today’s Dynamic Industry Landscape
Authored by Gary C. Wang and Michael K. Chen.

September 13 2018 APEX Webinar
Technology’s Impact on Personal and Commercial Auto Insurance
Authored by Gary C. Wang and Robert J. Walling III.

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Case Studies

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

An international insurance and reinsurance company wanted to design an optimization model to be used for both asset and liability decisions. Pinnacle actuaries were able to demonstrate to company management that their initial approach was both practically and theoretically unsound and prevented them from implementing a flawed decision making procedure. We were also able to suggest approaches that were more sound and would allow them to design a model that performed as desired.

Reinsurance Price Optimization

Reinsurance Price Optimization

Pinnacle was approached by an insurance company to provide an independent review of their reinsurance program. The first step was to review historic ceded premiums and losses by treaty layer to determine the overall reinsurer profitability. Pinnacle then independently priced the existing reinsurance program to benchmark the current market pricing. Finally, Pinnacle provided a cost benefit analysis to help the client determine the optimal retention levels for its insurance program. With this information in hand and our support, our client was able to negotiate better terms for their reinsurance program.

Underwriting & Tiering Analysis

Underwriting & Tiering Analysis

A single state auto insurance writer hired Pinnacle to address its current rating and tiering program. We removed unnecessary underwriting restrictions and more adequately priced risk classes, which allowed the insurer to experience significant, profitable growth.

When we began, the company’s existing tiering design was only based on a few factors, including ones that significantly overlapped with the rating plan. When combined with the underwriting rules, the design was punitive and limited writable business. Through predictive modeling, we helped design a new tiering structure and applied an underwriting scoring approach to eliminate rating plan overlap and remove the overly punitive parts of the plan.
 

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