A Recap of 2014 SOA Research

R. Dale Hall, SOA Managing Director of Research

With the year coming to a close, we are reflecting on the many research projects and experience studies completed in support of the actuarial profession. The SOA research efforts covered a wide range of topics to help members and the insurance industry. While there were many important research developments, here is a sample of completed projects over the year.

The SOA developed reports on long-term-care insurance, finance, medical technologies and modeling of healthcare cost trends, and life insurance studies, among others. Experience studies covered individual annuities, several individual life projects, and final reports on private pension mortality tables and improvement scale. The SOA also hosted the triennial Living to 100 Symposium and published a monograph of the symposium presentations.

On the topic of risk management, there were several reports and joint actuarial research projects released, including research on emerging risks, enterprise risk, regulatory risk and interest rate risk.

The SOA-commissioned Blue Ribbon Panel report focused on public pension plan funding. In-house retirement research from the SOA included papers on the effects of provisions on pension plans in the United States.  The SOA retirement reports covered personal risk management and the impact of retirement risks on women. There was also research on regulatory guidelines for the design and operation of retirement income solutions.

Visit the SOA research page for the lists of research from the year. Read The Actuary article on past and future SOA research.

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One response to "A Recap of 2014 SOA Research"

  • Carl Jalal says:

    SOA is crucial to the development of prediction and risk. I hope to further my education through SOA and/or CAS exams. After all, risk and probability is literally the future. And being able to predict the future is a very, very powerful tool.

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