Mathematics 480, Spring 2010

Illinois State University Mathematics Department


Instructors
Mr. R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA
Chief Life & Annuity Actuary
COUNTRY Financial
1701 North Towanda Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61702-2000
Telephone: 309-821-6407, Fax: 309-820-5709
E-mail: dale.hall@countryfinancial.com
and
Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, FSA, CERA, FSAS, CFA, MAAA
Actuarial Program Director
Office: Stevenson Hall, room 313G
Telephone: 309-438-7226, Fax: 309-438-5866
E-mail: krzysio@ilstu.edu
Classes Meet
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:50 p.m., in Stevenson Hall, room 310, with a ten minute break in the middle of the time period.
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-3:50 p.m., held by Dr. Ostaszewski. Please ask for an appointment at other times.

Textbooks
There will also be study notes provided online by Dr. Krzysztof Ostaszewski, as well as materials provided by Mr. Dale Hall. Study notes by Dr. Ostaszewski can be downloaded by clicking on links next to dates of classes.
Supplementary textbooks:

Valuation of Life Insurance Liabilities, 4th Edition, by Louis Lombardi, Actex Publications, 2006, ISBN 156698560-9.

Financial Risk Management for Pension Plans by Leslaw Gajek and Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Elsevier, 2004, ISBN 0444516743.
A Problem Solving Approach to Pension Funding and Valuation, (Second Edition), 1996, by Aitken, W.H., Actex Publications, ISBN 1-56698-200-6.
Actuarial Aspects of Individual Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts, by Timothy F. Harris and Albert E. Easton, Actex Publications, ISBN 1-56698-346-0.
Introduction to Ratemaking and Loss Reserving for Property and Casualty Insurance, (Second Edition), 2001, by Brown, R.L., Chapters 1-5.
Group Insurance, (Third Edition), 2000, edited by Bluhm, Chapters 1, 5-10, 14-15, 19-21, 23, 30-31, and 36.
The books should be available at Actex Publications, or The Actuarial Bookstore.


Objective
The objective of this class is to help you learn about applications of actuarial models in practice. The main emphasis of the class in the practical methodology of calculation of actuarial liabilities, as well as pricing of insurance products.
Grading
There will be five tests and any of the last three comprehensive examinations can count as the final examination. No make up tests will be given. All regular tests will be only quantitative in nature and will only contain actuarial calculations. The final will count as 40% of your grade, and the best two of the remaining five tests will count as 30% of your grade each. You will also get up to 10% extra credit for the best of the remaining tests. The grading scale will be as follows: 90% or better -- A, 80% to 90% -- B, 70% to 80% -- C, 60% to 70% -- D, below 60% -- F. Students can also earn extra credit by making presentations of readings listed below. Because there will be such extensive opportunity for extra credit, tests will be difficult and active student participation in the class is expected.
Disability concerns
Any student needing a special accommodation for a documented disability should contact Disability Concerns at Fell Hall, Room 350.

Important dates

Illinois State University withdrawal information for the Spring 2010 semester is given at this web site: http://www.registrar.ilstu.edu/crd/withdrawal/withdrawspring.shtml.


Schedule of classes

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Current issues in actuarial practice.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2010. Life insurance valuation.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Life insurance valuation.
  • Thursday, January 21, 2010. Life annuity valuation.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Life annuity valuation.
  • Thursday, January 28, 2010. Exercises in life insurance and life annuity valuation.
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Test No. 1, on material covered through January 28, 2010.
  • Thursday, February 4, 2010. Cash flow testing.
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2010. Principles-Based Reserving. Exercises.
  • Thursday, February 11, 2010. Fair value accounting and international accounting standards. Notes and exercises.
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Optimal funding of a liability.
  • Thursday, February 18, 2010. Overview of U.S. pension system. Pension Benefits Act of 2006.
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. Pension funding materials from Dale: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. This class will be one hour longer, for a total of three hours.
  • Thursday, February 25, 2010. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. This class will be one hour longer, for a total of three hours.
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2010. This class is moved to February 23 and 25.
  • Thursday, March 4, 2010. This class is moved to March 16 and 18.
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. This class will be one hour longer, for a total of three hours.
  • Thursday, March 18, 2010. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. This class will be one hour longer, for a total of three hours.
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Group and health insurance.
  • Thursday, March 25, 2010. Group and health insurance.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Test No. 2, covering material taught through March 25, 2010.
  • Thursday, April 1, 2010. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Thursday, April 8, 2010.  Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. 
  • Thursday, April 15, 2010. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. 
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Theoretical foundations of reserving methodologies.
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010. Theoretical foundations of reserving methodologies. We will also do some exercises on ratemaking and loss reserving, posted here.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Test No. 3, comprehensive.
  • Thursday, April 29, 2010. Test No. 4, comprehensive.
  • Friday, May 7, 2010, 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 noon in STV 310. Test No. 5, comprehensive.

  • Additional readings:

    Reading 1

    Reading 2

    Reading 3

    Reading 4

    Reading 5

    Reading 6

    Reading 7

    Reading 8

    Reading 9

    Reading 10

    Reading 11

    Reading 12

    Reading 13

    Reading 14

    Reading 15

    Reading 16

    Reading 17

    Reading 18

    Reading 19

    Reading 20

    Reading 21

    Reading 22

    Reading 23

    Reading 24

    Reading 25

    Reading 26

    Reading 27

    Reading 28

    Reading 29

    Reading 30