SOA Longevity Webcast Series: Drivers of Future Mortality Webcast


March 10, 2016

  • External Forces & Industry Knowledge

Longevity risk is a key element in the work of many actuaries. The science of measuring and forecasting longevity is changing rapidly and it is important that our profession plays a leading role in this change. The SOA will be sponsoring a series of webcasts through 2016 covering various longevity-related topics leveraging speakers and topics covered at an SOA-sponsored thought leaders' seminar in 2015. This second webcast will focus on current drivers of future mortality improvement (or possible deterioration) and issues to consider in modeling longevity. It will include a discussion of:

  • Factors and research about mortality drivers;
  • Medical advances impacting longevity;
  • Threats to continued improvement;
  • Differences between insured and general populations; and
  • Considerations when developing longevity models.

The webcast will feature three speakers from outside the actuarial profession: S. Jay Olshansky, professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and research associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Phil Smalley, a medical doctor who is a senior vice president and global chief medical officer of RGA International Corporation; and Dean Tolla, a senior modeler who has furthered the development of the Infectious Disease Model and Longevity Model at RMS. 

This webcast recording is recommended to meet Enrolled Actuary continuing education requirements. While the sponsors of this program recommends this topic to satisfy 1.60 EA Non-Core Continuing Education credit for Enrolled Actuaries, the final decision as to meeting this requirement rests with the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries.

Note: The recording available for purchase is intended for individual viewing. Only one EA credit certificate will be issued per recording purchase.




Demonstrating the listening, writing and speaking skills required to effectively address diverse technical and nontechnical audiences in both formal and informal settings.

Professional Values

Adhering to standards of professional conduct and practice where all business interactions are based on a foundation of integrity, honesty and impartiality.

External Forces & Industry Knowledge

Identifying and incorporating the implications of economic, social, regulatory, geo-political and business changes into the design and delivery of actuarial solutions.


Initiating, innovating, inspiring, creating or otherwise acting to influence others regardless of level or role toward a common goal.

Relationship Management & Interpersonal Collaboration

Creating mutually beneficial relationships and work processes toward a common goal.

Technical Skills & Analytical Problem Solving

Applying the actuarial knowledge, skills and judgment required to provide value-added services.

Strategic Insight & Integration

Anticipating trends and strategically aligning actuarial practice with broader organizational business goals.

Results-Oriented Solutions

Providing effective problem solving that addresses relevant interests and needs.