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Pandemic: The Cost of Avian Influenza

Avian influenza threatens to become one of the worst pandemics in recent history. Yet North America contains only 4 percent of the world’s capability for manufacturing flu vaccine. Is the U.S. life and health insurance industry ready?
by Howell Pugh


The State of Managed Care Insurance: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Mergers and acquisitions continue to shrink the HMO industry, but new opportunities keep emerging all the time.
by Mark Troutman


Just Whose Wonderful Life Is it, Anyway?
The PBGC’s Plan to Save Pensionville

Forget Bedford Falls and Jimmy Stewart. It’s Congress that Clarence the Angel has to win over to keep Old Man Potter from forcing out all the residents of Pensionville!
by Henry C. Eickelberg



A treasury of Vanderhoof
For the first time, Irwin Vanderhoof's columns for Contingencies have been collected in one volume. Use our online form to get "Through an Actuarial Looking Glass" for just $16.

INSIDE TRACK
Bad Data
by Steve Sullivan

LETTERS

COMMENTARY
Social Security Super Bowl
by Salim Kanji and
Jean Sasseville

POLICY BRIEFING
A Seat at the Table
by Holly Kwiatkowski

WORKSHOP
Pension Simplification: The Factor of 11 and U.S. Pension Reform
by Robert L. Brown

TRADECRAFT
Improving the Profitability of In-Force Long-Term Care Insurance Policies
by John L. Timmerberg

STATISTICAL MISCELLANY

BOOKLINKS
Insurance Industry Mergers & Acquisitions
Review by Bruce D. Schobel

PUZZLES
Blueland Soccer Tournament
by Yan Fridman

ENDPAPER
Channel Surfing
by Richard T. Zatorski


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