Weekly Update – May 12

Hi Everyone,

Actuarial Updates:

Articles/Papers:

Events & Webinars:

Food for Thought:

Should one couple’s divorce have the potential to influence the world economy? Who among us flipped over this headline without reading it? Though, of course, we’re pretty sure vast armies of lawyers worked out the smallest details before the first tweet appeared. We suspect the cause of the impending divorce is that age-old problem: At some point in life some of us rethink priorities and may want to concentrate more on family and personal objectives while their partner might not, especially if that partner is a workaholic.

Gates is constantly criticised for wanting to rule the world by overpowering the competition but how did it all start? Remember basic economics: supply and demand? When Microsoft was just getting off the ground, it did not have the ability to cut out the competition. It started growing to its megalithic size because consumers got what they (we) demanded.

The silver lining of all this is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, created when their individual foundations merged about 20 years ago, which has ploughed many billions in hard currency into improving health and education in poor and developing countries, as well as at home in the USA. We are pleased to learn that they will continue to work together on that endeavour.

Climate Corner:
CAA Notices:
  • A reminder to ALL ordinary, associate and affiliate members to do your 2020 CPD attestation. Click here to read our CPD Policy.
  • As actuaries we are greatly concerned with Climate Change. If you would like to be a part of the CAA’s effort to address this concern, please contact the Secretariat.
  • STUDENTS: SOA candidates having difficulties finding a place to sit their exams may refer to the SOA website or contact our Secretariat.

Did you miss our recent webinars? They are now on actuview.

Lateral Thinking: The Power of Diversity of Thought

SOA Competency Framework

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COVID-19 Update May 17

Dear Colleagues,

Week-end reading: 

The latest version of the SOA’s Research Brief and other documents may be downloaded here.

Here are other items of interest available through the links on the Resources page on our website.

The CIA series of Virtual Town Halls.

Relevant articles (in Dutch) from AG.

The Actuary (IFoA) A New World Order.

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s Situation Update.

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We are working on additional meaningful graphs which will be shared in the coming week.

Please send us any links or articles particularly relevant to the Caribbean.

Thank you

Shubhash Gosine

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These graphs are for illustration and comparison purposes using readily available data. I will update and include the highlighted countries early next week.

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Update May 15

Dear Colleagues,

I do hope you participated in the Paris Colloquium and enjoyed the presentations, especially the one on Diversity for which Cathy Lyn is the global champion. She continues to work tirelessly at the International level showcasing the value that Caribbean actuaries contribute at a global level.

I take this opportunity to thank Cathy for all her efforts that reflect positively on us all. Last year, Janet Sharp hosted a celebration honouring Cathy for the International accolades that she had received from the IAA and the SOA.

She is truly an exceptional ambassador for our profession.

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The SOA has published the latest version of their Research Brief just this morning. It may be downloaded here.

We have come across this new website from Yaneer Bar-Yam, a physicist and systems scientist, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. Here’s an interview with Prof. Bar-Yam in Forbes.

Thanks for the feedback, sharing of links and reports, especially those relevant to the Caribbean. Remember to check the Resources page on our website for key links.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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These two graphs are for illustration and comparison purposes. I have used readily available data. These will be updated to include the highlighted countries early next week.

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The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Daily Update May 6

Dear Colleagues,

The IAA Sections/Institut des Actuaires 2020 Colloquium has gone virtual!

All sessions are being broadcast live between 11th and 15th May.

The Power of Diversity of Thought: Next Chapter – 14 May, 13.00-14.30 CEST Cathy Lyn (Jamaica), Tonya Manning (USA), Marjorie Ngwenya (South Africa)

Thanks to everyone who has been sharing material; our blog has become quite interactive!

IPE Magazine: Climate risk think tank develops COVID-19 stress test scenarios

2degrees Investing Initiative:  Stress testing COVID-19

European Pensions: Think tank develops first Covid-19 stress test scenarios

IMF blog: Fiscal Policies for the Recovery from COVID-19

Remember to check the Resources page on our website for key links.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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COVID-19 Update-April 29

Dear Colleagues,

We’ve found lots of interesting sites, links and reports for you today:

Oxford University: Government Response Tracker showing information on how lockdowns have moved over time, tracked in time series by country.

Here’s the link to download pdf version

Statista: Coronavirus cases across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Issues in Science & Technology: Pandemic Science Out of Control.

Also from Oxford: an update on their rapidly moving vaccine trials.

Marla Dukkharan’s latest take on Coronavirus and Caribbean Economies.

Remember to check the Resources page of our website.

Please keep the feedback coming.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine