Recently Published SOA Research

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COVID-19 Research

COVID-19 Research Reports:

COVID-19 Update: Key Statistics on Cases, Deaths and Hospitalizations, August 25, 2020
The Society of Actuaries (SOA) published its first COVID-19 research brief on March 10, 2020, followed by regular updates and expansions through June 12, 2020. The comprehensive report includes a section of Key Statistics. This report provides updates to most of the data from the Key Statistics section of the comprehensive brief, plus additional hospitalization and demographic data, organized by geography.

COVID-19 Tools and Models:

A Tool for Tabulating Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Database: 9/21/20
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.

Research Insights Podcast, New COVID-19 Episodes:

COVID-19 and The Evolution of Vaccines and Drug Treatments
Listen to Sam Lippe from With You In Mind and host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research discuss  COVID-19 and the evolution of vaccines and drug treatments.

COVID-19 Update, 8/25/20 and COVID-19 Florida Data Key Findings
Listen to Lisa A. Schilling, FSA, EA, FCA, AAA, SOA Retirement Research Actuary and Achilles Natsis, FSA, MAAA, FLMI, SOA Health Research Actuary discuss the COVID-19 Update: Key Statistics on Cases, Deaths and Hospitalizations, August 25, 2020 and COVID-19 Florida data key findings with host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research.

Financial Impact of COVID-19 on the Insurance Industry
Listen to Eric Berg and Marc Wiznia from With You In Mind and host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research discuss the financial impact of COVID-19 on the insurance industry.

To see all COVID-19 research, go to SOA.org, click on the Research tab and click on "COVID-19" on the Research by Topic drop down menu.

Additional New SOA Research:

Epigenetics: A White Paper on Technology and Innovation
This paper explores how molecular biology, specifically epigenetics, may impact the life insurance industry, and considers the effects of utilizing epigenetic biomarkers for underwriting.

Aging & Retirement Fact Sheets
Review the latest additions to the Fact Sheets collection, A Conversation on Dementia and Cognitive Decline and A Tale of Two Pension Plans Fast Facts.

2020 Living to 100 Monograph
Review the latest additions to the monograph including the recordings for Section 1B: Implications to Retirement Planning and Session 3B: Mortality Improvement.

Actuarial Weather Extremes for August 2020: Hurricanes, Earthquake, Derecho, Extreme Heat and Wildfire
This report examines weather extremes in tropical cyclones, wind, heat, and drought, as well as catastrophe associated with earthquakes during August 2020.

Actuarial Weather Extremes: Hurricane Laura August 2020
This report examines weather extremes in precipitation, maximum water level, wind speed, and flooding associated with the time period and geographic area of Hurricane Laura over the period of August 24 to August 29, 2020.

Social Discounting - Application to the Risk Management of Climate Change
A cost-benefit analysis plays a vital role in important social decision-making. The application of discount rates plays a crucial role in the quantitative portion of this analysis, especially when dealing with issues involving costs and benefits over prolonged periods. The objective of this paper is to discuss the factors that affect and should be considered in the development of social discount rates.

Research Insight Podcast, Additional New Episodes:

Exposure Measures for Pricing and Analyzing the Risks in Cyber Insurance
Listen to  report author Michael Bean, FCAS, FSA, FCIA, CERA and Brian Fannin ACAS CSPA MAAA discuss Exposure Measures for Pricing and Analyzing the Risks in Cyber Insurance with  host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research.

Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence for Actuaries
Listen to guest host Gwen Weng, FSA, Director of IFRS Actuarial at Equitable Life of Canada and Neil Raden, report author and founder of Hired Brains, discuss Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence for Actuaries. The podcast also features an intro and outro by host, R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA, SOA Managing Director of Research.

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