Weekly Update – May 5

Actuarial Updates:

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

Lateral Thinking: The Power of Diversity of Thought

SOA Competency Framework

Food for Thought:

As Caribbean people we pride ourselves on being a wonderful mix of races, nationalities and religions. We look with horror on the blatant prejudices played out in so many countries. But are we really that clean? What biases, or full-blown prejudices, do we harbour, consciously or unconsciously? Here’s one we might all be guilty of: Old people can’t do the job: they’re stuck in their ways; they don’t understand technology. Young people can’t do the job: they don’t have enough experience; they’re too easily distracted.

Have a read of this article.

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 e a part of the CAA’s effort to address this concern, 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.

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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Weekly News Update – April 28

Hi Everyone,

Actuarial Updates

All CAA ordinary and associate members can create IAA accounts

SOA Elections

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, contact the Secretariat.
  • SOA candidates having difficulties finding a seat to take their exam may contact us.

Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

News Update – April 7

Hi Everyone,

Join us for another Diversity Chapter on 22nd April when Kudzai Chigiji, a brilliant pan-African actuary, shares her thoughts on Lateral Thinking. Want to know more about Kudzai? Read Shall We Dance? in a past issue of The Actuary.

Did you miss our webinar on the SOA Competency Framework? Content is not SOA specific and therefore relevant to everyone.  You can watch the recording on actuview.

Last week’s IAA/ASSA/IFoA webinar Actuaries in Banking: The South African Experience is now available on YouTube. You might also like Boosting actuarial careers in banking in The Actuary. ASSA offers their B200 Certificate in Actuarial Banking Practice to both their members and non-members. B200 Information available here.

Have a look through Marla Dukharan’s Caribbean Economic Report for March.

International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: call for proposals now open. Deadline for submissions is 15th May. Under the theme Reaching scale in small countries, this conference is tentatively scheduled to take place late October in Jamaica.

More Events of Interest:

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

News Update: Holiday Special – April 1

Dear Colleagues,

Wishing all our members and friends a Happy Holiday Weekend!

We’re sharing a generous list of suggested links from which you may select your holiday reading.

Did you miss our recent webinar on the SOA Competency Framework? You can watch the recording on actuview.

COVID related:

Actuarial Events:

Actuaries Outside the (Pensions & Insurance) Box:

Useful websites:

Winding up Women’s Month, here is a thought to ponder.

Remember to share any articles of interest and continue to provide feedback. 

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Stay Safe and Happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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.

Weekly Update – March 23

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget our own webinar, THIS THURSDAY, 25th. The material is not SOA specific so is of interest to actuaries/aspiring actuaries from other bodies.

The target audience includes:

  • Early career actuaries and students who want to take a long-term view of their career paths.
  • Advanced actuarial students closing in on *Fellowship* and looking forward to more free time for building their interpersonal versatility.
  • Seasoned actuaries who seek guidance for the next stage of their careers.

REGISTRATION IS FREE! More information and registration on our website.

More Items of Interest:

  • Actuaries in Banking: The South African Experience – Presented by the IAA Banking Task Force, Actuarial Society of South Africa’s Banking Committee and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Banking Member Interest Group – 31st March. (You will need to log into your IAA account to register).
  • International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: call for proposals now open. Deadline for submissions is 15th May. Under the theme Reaching scale in small countries, this conference is tentatively scheduled to take place late October in Jamaica.

* Opening for a fellow, or near fellow, at Colina Insurance in The Bahamas: details here. *

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

Weekly News Update – March 17

Hi Everyone,

Despite the challenges we all faced last year, three of our members were able to achieve their fellowships. Our warmest congratulations to Anika Peart, Saabera Narine and Ian Clarke for reaching this milestone!


Interesting events coming up!

Caroline Grégoire, who some of us know from Actuaries without Borders, and now Actuaires du Monde, is presenting a free webinar, through her company, TOMORROW, 18th, at lunchtime in the Caribbean.

Sharpen your Edge. Find your Balance: Join this one-hour webinar, designed to give leaders, primarily in the finance, insurance and actuarial sectors, valuable insights on how to stay resilient, build stamina and even thrive in these challenging and uncertain times!


And don’t forget our own webinar, next Thursday, 25th. The material is not SOA specific so is of interest to actuaries/aspiring actuaries from other bodies. The target audience includes:

  • Early career actuaries and students who want to take a long-term view of their career paths.
  • Advanced actuarial students closing in on *Fellowship* and looking forward to more free time for building their interpersonal versatility.
  • Seasoned actuaries who seek guidance for the next stage of their careers.

REGISTRATION IS FREE! More information and registration on our website.

More Items of Interest:

  • Actuaires du Monde has presented a series of webinars to actuarial students at the University of the West Indies on Introduction to the Actuarial Profession. Four very successful sessions have already taken place and there is a possibility of more.
  • The IAA has expressed its intent to respond to public consultations on:
    • Revised OECD Roadmap for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Plans, and
    • IOPS consultation on their proposals on Good practices for designing, presenting and supervising pension projections
  • The CAA has representation on all the IAA committees involved so will have a part in formulating these responses.
  • International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: call for proposals now open. Deadline for submissions is 15th May. Under the theme Reaching scale in small countries, this conference is tentatively scheduled to take place late October in Jamaica.

* Opening for a fellow, or near fellow, at Colina Insurance in The Bahamas: details here. *

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

COVID-19 Update – March 5

Dear Colleagues,

A few reminders and takeaways:

The number of total confirmed cases has almost doubled in the first two months of the year in Jamaica. It has risen around fourfold in Cuba, eightfold in Barbados and around tenfold in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data database.

We know persons who have received the vaccine, either both doses, or just the first. No one with whom we’ve been in touch has had any significant adverse response. We have communicated with people in Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Barbados. We know quite a few Jamaicans who have travelled to the USA specifically for the vaccine. Florida’s “vaccine tourism”. If the vaccine is available to you, Take it. There will always be positives and negatives.

It is still important to follow the protocols essential to prevent getting the virus and spreading the virus.

As barriers are lifted, care is more essential with regard to COVID-19. We are risk experts. We apply the actuarial control cycle to manage and reduce risks.

We’re all good drivers. That does not prevent us from having accidents.

We’ve found quite a few interesting links from which you can select your weekend reading:

Remember to share any articles of interest and continue to provide feedback.  

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Stay safe and happy.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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.

Weekly News Update – March 2

Hello Everyone,

The 8th of March is celebrated as International Women’s Day.  In the United States, the week of 8th March was designated Women’s History Week in 1980, expanded to the entire month, Women’s History Month, in 1987.

The history books have, for the most part, ignored outstanding women so let’s all celebrate women who have made a difference, or are making a difference, for the entire month. Let’s celebrate our strong, resilient Caribbean women!

We invite you, our reader, to tell us which Caribbean woman you think is making a mark internationally.  

While we’re all justifiably proud of Rihanna and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, let’s think about those women outside of sports and entertainment; the writers, the politicians, and especially the scientists. Send us a sentence, a paragraph, or even a page, about a Caribbean woman who you think has made or is making a difference on the world stage.

Let’s start very close to home with an actuarial trailblazer:

Muriel Maud Phillips Mudie was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on the 10th December 1897. After graduating from University College London in 1921 she taught mathematics in Kingston. Upon her father’s death in 1924, she moved with her mother and brothers to Canada where she supported the family of five by working, first at the Royal Bank of Canada, then moving to Confederation Life Association. One of the actuaries there noticed her mathematical capabilities and suggested she write actuarial exams. He convinced her by saying that, once qualified, she would earn the same as a man.  In 1927, Muriel achieved her associateship from the American Institute of Actuaries and thus became the first woman in the profession in Canada. Her fellowship followed in 1937. She worked at Confederation for almost 40 years, retiring in 1964. During her time there she became recognised as one of Canada’s leading experts in life company taxation. After retirement, Sam Eckler convinced her to work with him part time during tax season. She did that for a few years, eventually leaving to look after one or another of her ailing brothers. Muriel died in Toronto on 28th May 1993, having had an exceptional 95 years.

 Read Muriel’s story again, paying particular attention to the dates. A remarkable woman who broke down barriers and earned respect in her field.

Information from CIA and SOA obituaries and recollections of people who knew her at Eckler.

International Women’s Day official UN commemoration: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum; 8th March 2021, 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (EST)

International Women’s Day events worldwide

Other News:

The CAA’s 2020 CPD attestation is now open. Ordinary, Associate and Affiliate members must attest each year that they are in compliance with the CPD Policy of their primary professional body. Please read our CPD Policy and complete your online attestation here.

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Stay safe and be happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.