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July/August 2007

 

Actuaries in the Capital Markets

Risk is the name of the game in the capital markets, which is why actuaries have their work cut out for them there.
by Richard De Haann

 

 

 

 

The Truimph of Data
How Statistics Conquered Cholera

CrossA recent book chronicles how a 19th-century doctory used statistics to prove something that, at a time, seemed counterintuitive: Cholera doesn't come from divine will, bad location, or fetid air but from contaminated water.
by Ardian Gill

 

 

 

 

Shrinking America's Middle Class

The divide between America's wealthiest and the middle class seems to be growing daily. The rift threatens to get even greater when the baby boomers start to retire.
by Thornton Parker

Shrinking pigs

 

INSIDE TRACK
Bad Air, Good Science
Steve Sullivan

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
The Truth About Defined Benefit Plans
Mark Shemtob

UP TO CODE
Precept 13 - A Snitch in Time
Edward E. Burrows

WORKSHOP
Regulation and Ruin Theory
Guillaume Plantin and Jean-Charles Rochet

TRADECRAFT
Living Without Credit Scoring
Roosevelt C. Mosley

HUMOR
I'm Sorry but Not Really
Tom Bakos

STATISTICAL MISCELLANY
Chubb Surveys Top Threats to Multinational Business

PUZZLES
Amazing Equations
Yan Fridman

ENDPAPER
Think Low if You Think Tech
Sam Gutterman

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