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May/June 2007

Our Finite World:
Implications for Actuaries

Finite WorldThe world is running out of the natural resources we depend on. So why are we still behaving as if they'll last forever?
by Gail E. Tverberg

 

 

 

Pension Policy and Public Retirement Systems

Money in bird's nestPublic pensions are immense, complicated and politically charged. Regulating them requires a complex balance among state and local executives, legislatures, and competing special interests.
by James A. Beirne

 

Special Section: Recruitment

How Actuarial is a Pound of Flesh? Risk Management and The Merchant of Venice

ShakespeareShakespeare wasn't an actuary, but his picture of risk management in 16th-century Venice is right on the money.
by Daniel D. Skwire

 

 

 

 


The Art, Philosophy, and Science of Data

rocksA look at two books that examine the intersection of statistics, money, markets, chance, and human behavior
by Gerry Smedinghoff

INSIDE TRACK
Pizza Party
Steve Sullivan

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
Are You Ready to Make a Difference?
Stuart F. Wason

UP TO CODE
Mercy or Justice
Lawrence A. Johansen

 

WORKSHOP
Tackling the Income Annuity's Risk/Reward Equation
Felix Schirripa

TRADECRAFT
Grade Inflation and the Good-Student Discount
Tim Query

PUZZLES
Loot Distribution
Yan Fridman

ENDPAPER
What's in Your Wallet?
Richard T. Zatorski

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