Is this blog dead? No, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. I will be posting a little more frequently than over the last year. That isn’t a high bar. Given the long silence, there are quite a few topics I’ve been thinking about and discussing with friends and colleagues. You’ll have to check […]
I had a discussion with a client recently about the virtues of ensuring data written into a data warehouse is rock solid and understood and well defined. My training and experience has given me high confidence that this is the right way forward for typical actuarial data. Here I’m talking in force policy data files, […]
Aviva in France is still dealing with having written the worst insurance policy in the world. From the sounds of things, they weren’t alone in this foible. It’s also hard to say as an outsider what the right or reasonable resolution to their current problem is, but here is the policy that they wrote. Buy […]
The Continuous Statistical Investment Committee of the Actuarial Society does fabulous work at gathering industry data and analysing it for broad use and consumption by actuaries and others. I can only begin to imagine the data horrors of dealing with multiple insurers, multiple sources, multiple different data problems. The analysis they do is critically useful […]
So Bitcoin’s had a good run recently, countering my prediction of irrelevance. Price is about $90 $108 per coin and total value of Bitcoins (hoarded mostly) worldwide is about a Billion US Dollars.
South Africa has a pretty rich history of banking failures. This paper, part of a masters, by Sipho Makhubela, provides an interesting over of banking failures since 1994. I haven’t read the entire paper yet, but Section 4 (starting on page 72) outlines the background behind banking failures in South Africa and is fascinating reading […]
Poorly controlled spreadsheets give rise to huge errors.