Mathematics 480, Spring 2012

Illinois State University Mathematics Department

This class is also run, on experimental basis, on ReggieNet


Instructors
Mr. R. Dale Hall, FSA, CERA, MAAA, CFA
Vice President & Chief Actuary, Life/Health Operations
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, in all key lines of business of insurance, including defined benefit pensions.
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 important dates information for the Spring 2012 semester is given here: http://www.registrar.ilstu.edu/downloads/calendars/spring2012cal.pdf.


Schedule of classes

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Current issues in actuarial practice. Notes on new topics on Course MLC examination.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2012. Life insurance valuation.
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Life insurance valuation.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2012. Life annuity valuation.
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Life annuity valuation. Spreadsheet with calculations for exercises.
  • Thursday, February 2, 2012. Exercises in life insurance and life annuity valuation.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Cash flow testing. Principles-Based Reserving.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2012. Principles-Based Reserving. Exercises.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Fair value accounting and international accounting standards. Exercises.

    Here are some additional links with readings on valuation of life insurance and life annuity liabilities, addressing current issues, and while not required in the class, are possible extra credit presentation topics and good sources of learning about the topic:
  • Thursday, February 16, 2012. Optimal funding of a liability.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Overview of U.S. pension system. Pension Benefits Act of 2006.
  • Thursday, February 23, 2012. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
    Pension funding materials from Dale: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2012. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Test No. 1, on material covered through February 21, 2011.
  • Thursday, March 8, 2012.Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012. Pension funding and valuation. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Theoretical foundations of reserving methodologies. This topic is a general theoretical overview and will not be tested.
  • Thursday, March 29, 2012. Theoretical foundations of reserving methodologies. This topic is a general theoretical overview and will not be tested.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Test No. 2, covering material taught through March 29, 2012.
  • Thursday, April 5, 2012. Group and health insurance.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Group and health insurance.
  • Thursday, April 12, 2012.  Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. 
  • Thursday, April 19, 2012. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall. 
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012. Ratemaking and loss reserving for property and casualty insurance. Class taught by Mr. Dale Hall.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Test No. 3, comprehensive.
  • Thursday, May 3, 2012.Test No. 4, comprehensive.
  • Thursday, May 10, 2012, Test No. 5, comprehemsive, 3:10 p.m. -- 5:10 p.m.

  • Additional readings for possible presentation in class by students