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Recently Published SOA Research

This page highlights new SOA Research and will be updated periodically.

Trending SOA Research

Visit our Trending SOA Research Page for a quick synopsis of our most popular research reports.  Review the popular research reports for 4th Quarter, 2020.

COVID-19 Tools and Models:

A Tool for Tabulating Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Database: 6/7/21
The tool uses Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 database of cases and deaths as an input. The tool can run user-specified tabulations of the data by region and/or by filtering out locations whose data does not meet user-specified thresholds.

New SOA Research:

Managing Investment Risks of Insurance Contractual Designs
The Society of Actuaries’ Committee on Finance Research and Joint Risk Management Section Research Committee are pleased to make available a research report developing a framework for quantifying and analyzing various forms of contractual designs.

Modeling and Pricing Cybersecurity Risks
In this paper we propose a novel class of propagation models to study the cybersecurity risks in fog computing cased IoT architectures.

Actuarial Weather Extremes
This monthly report series identifies and examines weather extremes in North America. The April 2021 report examines record cold temperatures in Alaska, extreme hail in Kansas, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma, and extreme drought in the northern plains states.

Understanding the Impact of the Low Interest Rate Environment on Retirement Security in the United States
The Retirement Section and Retirement Section Research Committee are pleased to make available a research report examining academic and practitioner research on low interest rates in the United States

U.S. Population Mortality Observations, Preview of 2020 Experience
The COVID-19 (COVID) pandemic has increased the demand for data and analysis on the impact of COVID on U.S. population mortality. This report is based on 2020 provisional death data released by the CDC. The SOA plans to update this report after additional 2020 cause of death data in released by the CDC later in 2021.

COVIDÔÇÉ19 Mitigations in the U.S. April 16 – 30, 2021
This report provides highlights of a weekly survey of practices regarding the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. during the second half of April 2021 along with comparisons to prior half-month time periods.

Effects of Pollution and Environmental Degradation on Mortality and Morbidity Rates and Healthcare Costs
Human health is largely dependent on environmental health. This report seeks not to price all ecosystem services but to understand and begin to quantify the functions that promote human health through the increased morbidity and mortality cost in the face of environmental degradation.

Financial Perspectives on Aging and Retirement Across the Generations 
The Society of Actuaries’ Aging and Retirement Strategic Research Program is pleased to release the results of a study focused on the financial perspectives of aging and retirement of Americans across five generations, including Millennials, Gen X, Early Boomers, Late Boomers and the Silent Generation. In addition, the study, a follow-up to a survey conducted in 2018, seeks to understand how the habits and behaviors from earlier in life played out in the later years of retirement.

The Mortality Improvement Model, MIM-2021
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) Mortality and Longevity Strategic Research Program Steering Committee released a new report on mortality improvement projections that establishes the model, MIM-2021, along with two simultaneously released Excel-based tools and user guides, as a consistent base for practitioners in projecting mortality improvement. An OpEd with a practical perspective on the research is also available.

Catastrophe & Climate Strategic Research Program Newsletter
Read the latest newsletter from the Catastrophe & Climate Strategic Research Program.

Business Interruption Insurance Compendium
This report includes various articles, papers, program proposals and legislative notes that provide insight into Business Interruption Insurance and the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on its current and future state of coverage.

2020 Excess Deaths in the US general population by Age and Sex to 2020 Excess Deaths in the US general population by Age and Sex (Updated May 2021)
These reports describes an effort to measure the deaths in the US population relative to pre-pandemic expectations. 

Research Insight Podcast, New Episodes:

The Mortality Improvement Model, MIM-2021
Listen to Ronora Stryker, ASA, MAAA. SOA Senior Practice Research Actuary and Patrick Wiese, ASA, SOA Lead Modeling Researcher discuss The Mortality Improvement Model, MIM-2021 with host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research.

Impact of COVID-19 on Insurance Company First Quarter, 2021 Earnings
Listen to Eric Berg and Sam Lippe from With You In Mind discuss the impact of COVID-19 on insurance company first quarter, 2021 earnings with host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research.

SOA 2021 Health Meeting Preview
This podcast previews the SOA 2021 Health Meeting, a premier virtual event, which is informative to your career as an actuary, a great value and fun! Podcast host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research chats with Craig Kalman, FSA, MAAA, FHFMA, Health Meeting Chairperson and Achilles Natsis, FSA, MAAA, FLMI, SOA Health Research Actuary. June is Health Month at the SOA, so after you listen to the podcast, register so you don't miss any of the great professional development and fun!  

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