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November/December 2008

 

Ground upRemaking Social Security From the Ground Up

We asked four pension actuaries, knowing what they know today, to redesign Social Security from scratch. Here’s what they came up with.
by Linda Mallon

 



The Post-Millennial Metamorphisis in Life Underwriting

Major changes in screening protocols are necessary if life insurance is going to remain a player in the financial services revolution.
by Hank George and Tia Goss Sawhney

 

 

 

 


Tough MedicineTough Medicine
Apportioning the True Cost of Health Care

People need to be responsible for funding their own health expenditures to the extent that they can. Nothing else can stop the continuing upward spiral in health care costs.
by Dennis Barry

 

A Fragile Equilibrium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fragile Equilibrium:
The Past, Present, and Future of Private Pensions

The seeds for the current decline in private-sector defined benefit pensions were sown at their inception. Is there hope for regeneration.
by David Madland

 

 

Special Section: Recruitment

 

INSIDE TRACK
Tweaking the System
Linda Mallon

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
The Perfect Solution
Bob Meyerhoff

UP TO CODE
Actuaries, Data Security, and Hill Street Blues
Robert J. Rietz and Beth R. Sanders

AFTER HOURS
Swimming for Life
Kaise Stephan

WORKSHOP
Leveraging Analytics in Mortgage Loss-Mitigation Strategies
Kevin Bingham, Frank Zizzamia, David Sisko, and Michael Greene

TRADECRAFT
Actuaries Take the Long View
Bruce D. Schobel

BOOKLINKS
Pension Dumping
Review by James A. Kenney

CRYPTIC PUZZLE
Redundancies and Deficiencies
Tom Toce

PUZZLES
Hurrah for Our Pirate King!
Mark Danburg-Wyld

ENDPAPER
What is Actuarial Judgment?
Sam Gutterman

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