Mortality Modeling 201: Techniques for Model Fit and Forecasting Seminar


May 09, 2018


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, MD

  • External Forces & Industry Knowledge


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Presented by

SOA Longevity Advisory Group

Program Overview

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 has been sponsoring a longevity webcast series that started in 2016 covering various longevity-related topics.

This half-day seminar is a culmination of this webcast series, and will cover topics such as:

  • Longevity modeling
  • Implications of longevity risk
  • Drivers of future mortality
  • Mortality trend models
  • Components of historical U.S. mortality improvement
  • Current SOA research projects related to longevity and mortality

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of current models;
  • Apply models to a population; and
  • Understand qualitative applications of current models

Target Audience

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

Level of Difficulty

The seminar is designed for participants with intermediate experienceIn the context of this seminar, an attendee with intermediate experience has done some work with models and applied them to populations.





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.