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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

Capital Allocation

Capital Allocation

A reinsurer wanted to compare technical treaty prices using varying capital allocation methodologies. A Pinnacle actuary assisted in the design of a model that used standard allocation methodologies, capital allocation based on marginal impacts to rating agency required capital, and recent ideas in capital consumption / utility theory. The result was a pricing model that highlighted the sensitivity of expected ROEs to the chosen capital allocation method and allowed underwriters to make more informed decisions.

Colorado Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses

Colorado Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources prepared an independent actuarial analysis on behalf of the Colorado Auto Insurance Working Group to determine the cost implications of changes to the Colorado no-fault law. One of the scenarios analyzed was the complete repeal of the no-fault law, replacing it with medical payments coverage.

The analysis employed data from a recent study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) to assess the impact of a $2,500 economic loss threshold relative to BI losses. Loss and trend information from the Fast-Track monitoring system was reviewed to estimate the impact of implementing no-fault systems from other jurisdictions. Moreover, the Fast Track data was evaluated to assess the impact on costs of other jurisdictions that had previously repealed their no-fault systems.

Lastly, the indicated cost estimates for the state of Colorado were compared to those of tort states in order to assess the reasonableness of the study’s outcomes. The results from this study were used to support rate filings of several of our clients in support of the reforms.

Minnesota Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses

Minnesota Automobile No-Fault Impact Analyses

The Insurance Federation of Minnesota retained Pinnacle in 2006 to conduct an independent actuarial study to determine the possible cost implications of changing Minnesota’s current no-fault law. The scenarios were:

  • A complete repeal of the no-fault law, which would be replaced with a tort system including mandatory liability insurance. We also priced first party medical payments benefits of $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 as replacements for current personal injury protection (PIP) benefits.
  • Implementing a medical fee schedule. This option would consider two different fee schedules: the Minnesota Worker’s Compensation fee schedule, and 115% of the Medicare fee schedule.
  • Introducing a Michigan-style verbal threshold implementation with several PIP limit options.
  • Capping treatments on soft tissue injuries to $2,500.
  • Making alternative care optional for an additional premium.
  • Reducing the PIP benefit limit from $20,000 each for the separate medical and non-medical limits (with $40,000 of coverage total) to $10,000 for each separate sub-limit. This would also include an additional $10,000 of coverage for “trauma care.” 

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