SOA Longevity Webcast Series: Understanding the Basics of Mortality Modeling with the Lee-Carter Model Webcast


November 03, 2017

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Society of Actuaries


Noon-1:30 p.m. ET


This webcast takes place via the Internet.

Registration Fees

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Who Should Participate

All actuaries who deal with longevity risk in their respective practice areas.


The Society of Actuaries (SOA) has been sponsoring a longevity webcast series since 2016 that covers various longevity-related topics. 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 the actuarial profession plays a leading role in this change.

This webcast, part one of three, will cover an introduction to the concept, applications, and limitations of the Lee-Carter model, as well as any supporting discussion. It will start from scratch and encompass all that is needed for someone to create and run a model.  This webcast is intended to be a technical session and will build on previous webcasts (July 2016 and October 2016). It will provide a brief review of the relevant material.  In addition, it will act as a precursor to part two, which will present research conducted by University of Waterloo on components of historical mortality improvement. Part three will showcase other longevity projects being conducted by the SOA.

If you missed a prior webcasts in the series, please visit:

How the live webcast works and what it includes

You do not need any special equipment. On Nov. 2, 2017, before 2:00 p.m. ET you will be sent detailed webcast instructions via email including the Web address for accessing the presentation. Any handouts that are available will also be sent. You will follow along with both the slide presentation and the audio portion of the broadcast over the Internet. The registration fee includes:

The registration fee includes:

  • One access code to the live webcast;
  • One Internet connection;
  • One phone connection (to be used only if experiencing sound issues or if in a conference room with a group);
  • One set of presentation materials; and
  • Access to the subsequent webcast recording.

Please note that each access code may only be used for one location , even if you register for more than one participant.

Post-Webcast Purchase Opportunity

For those who are interested in SOA webcasts but are unable to participate in the live event, access to an archived recording of the webcast will be available for purchase approximately 10 business days following the event by using the following link.





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