March/April 2007

Climate and Hurricanes - What Happened in 2006?

HurricanesAfter disastrous years in 2004 and 2005, everybody expected 2006 to be more of the same. So what happened?
by David A. Lalonde

 

 

Finite RiskFinite Risk Transfer

Finite Risk Transfer - powerful medicine that can be safe and effective. Possible side effects include civil complaints, criminal indictments, and increased regulation.
by Douglas Simpson

 

 

 

 

A Critical Review of the CRUSAP Project

The yearlong effort to produce the CRUSAP report is over, but the real work of shaping the future of the actuarial profession is just beginning.
by Fred Kilbourne

 

In AnnuitiesIn Annuities We Trust

As Americans learn to rely less on defined benefit pensions to fund their retirments, annuities may help them not to outlive their defined contribution plans.
by George A. (Sandy) Mackenzie

 

 

Reverse Image - Australian vs. US Fiscal Policy

Reverse ImageAs the United States drowns in debt, Australia stands high and dry.
by Hank Cox

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Section: Reinsurance

 

 

 

INSIDE TRACK
We Got Game
Steve Sullivan

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
The Hard Choices of Health Care Reform
Dwight K. Bartlett III

UP TO CODE
The Case of the Careless Subordinate
Michael Toothman

 

WORKSHOP
Before the Pandemic
Geary W. Sikich

TRADECRAFT
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Steve Berna

PUZZLES
Remarkable Parabola
Yan Fridman

ENDPAPER
What's My Best Estimate?
Sam Gutterman

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