COVID-19 Update – September 18

Dear Colleagues,

Suggested weekend reading:

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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.

Actuarial News Update – September 17

SOA Candidates

Candidates sitting the October/November 2020 ERM and FSA written-answer exams and/or the December 2020 Predictive Analytics (PA) exam would have received communication from the SOA.

Please note that all SOA multiple-choice exams administered in 2020 (P, FM, IFM, SRM, STAM, LTAM and the EA exams) will continue to be available as paper/pencil exams to candidates in Caribbean countries with no Prometric test centre.

Actuarial News

New IFoA CPD Scheme took effect on 1st September

SOA Call for Essays: Impact of COVID-19: Lessons for Life Insurance Companies closes 18th September

Other News

OECD Economic Outlook, Interim Report September 2020

Webinars & Events

ActuView’s first online conference, aoc2020 on 24th and 25th September.

Cathy Lyn, Tonya Manning and other panellists speak at the latest Diversity Session: Power of Diversity of Thought … forging partnerships with actuaries will be available on Friday, 25th.

If you’ve mislaid your ActuView code contact the CAA Secretariat and we’ll resend it.

Remember to visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Best Regards,

Shubhash & Betty

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 – September 11

Dear Colleagues,

Suggested weekend reading:

And there are still other viruses out there: Dengue breakthrough after mosquitoes laced with natural bacteria

Remembering 9/11

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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 – September 4

Dear Colleagues,

Suggested weekend reading:

OECD Insurance and Retirement Savings Roundtable webinar–Impact of COVID-19 7th – 9th September

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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

Dear Colleagues,

A few personal comments:

  1. Wearing masks when in public is essential. While some may argue that Sweden proves the opposite; note that the Swedes are a very disciplined society when compared to most. They have mastered social distancing and practise it to good effect.
  2. Avoid crowds and any contact that may expose you to the risk of contracting COVID-19.
  3. Even though you may believe that you will not be affected health wise if you contract COVID-19remember that we don’t know the impact later on in life.
  4. Have a sanitising protocol when entering your home after being in public spaces.
  5. Focus on your Immunity – nutrition, exercise and attention to health.
  6. COVID-19 will affect us to this extent for at least another 18 months, so we need to adjust our lifestyles to maintain our health in the future.

Suggested weekend reading:

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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 – August 25

Dear Colleagues,

From the CAA Board :

“We are aware that the following CAA members / supporters are candidates for positions in the Society of Actuaries:

  1. Nazir Valani – Board
  2. Stephen Cameron – Product Development Section
  3. Stephanie Banfield – Reinsurance Section

We encourage you to consider voting for them if you are eligible to do so.

We also encourage all CAA members, especially younger members, to volunteer for service in the CAA and their other actuarial associations, whether for elected positions or to serve on committees. 

It builds networks, develops you personally and professionally (CPD), and increases your marketability”

I am sharing a few articles which I found interesting.

Interesting links & reading:

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

As at 25th August 2020- Source: worldometers.

Note: The new cases and the new deaths shown are daily average over the last 7 days.

WORLD:         

CASES: 23,871,668                

DEATHS: 818,265       

RECOVERED: 16,410,400

NEW CASES: 251,399            

NEW DEATHS: 5,679

TABLE ONE

As per a request, I have shown 2 new columns and omitted the Total Tests column. I now show “Daily average Tests” and a ratio of new cases to new tests over the week. These is just for illustrative purposes. The data is based on what is reported/uploaded by worldometers. 0% is where the ratio is less than 1% and blank is where the data was unchanged at source. I have also moved Puerto Rico to this list.

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 – August 21

Dear Colleagues,

As the world has been experiencing a flood of new cases, we take the opportunity to remind you of a few basic tips to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19:

  1. Pay attention to basic personal hygiene i.e. regular washing/sanitising of hands, no touching of face and use of face mask.
  2. Avoid crowds – even if people are following the protocols, you do not know with whom they were in contact previously.
  3. Reduce exposure to high risk areas e.g. grocery stores, banks, etc.
  4. Sanitise personal spaces often i.e. car, home, office space.
  5. Observe simple things like a sanitising protocol when entering your home having been in public spaces.
  6. Focus on building your immunity: nutrition, exercise and attention to your health.

For those interested in the Stringency Index, here is a summary of a few Caribbean countries.

Suggested weekend reading:

Regional:

CARICOM: CARICOM Leaders prepare for Hurricanes amid COVID-19 Pandemic

SKN Observer: First Caribbean COVID-19 Vaccine To Start Human Trials

CNW: COVID-19 Presents an Opportunity for Digital Transformation in the Caribbean

IADB: The Pandemic Saga Continues: Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin

Economy:

IMF: Tourism Trauma and Covid-19

Health:

MSN: This Slight Weather Shift Could Make COVID Cases Double, Study Finds

Best Life: This Vitamin Deficiency Makes Your COVID Death Risk Soar, Study Says

Best Life: Dr. Fauci Just Confirmed That This One Thing Kills Coronavirus

BBC: How will the world vaccinate seven billion?

Addressing Fake News:

OECD: Fighting Disinformation: A key pillar of the COVID-19 recovery

Resources:

CDEMA: Caribbean Risk Information System

OurWorldinData: How experts use data to identify emerging COVID-19 success stories

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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 – August 7

Dear Colleagues,

University of Nebraska School of Business Actuarial Research Virtual Conference starts on Monday, 10th.  Shubhash is one of the presenters of COVID-19: International Perspectives at 10:30am on Monday. He will focus on six Caribbean countries.

Our bi-weekly COVID-19 updates appear on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Suggested weekend reading:

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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 – August 4

Dear Colleagues,

We are adding 1 million plus new cases every 4 days. Does this mean that we will add 38 million cases between now and year end if there are no changes?


Special Notice for Students: The US Casualty Actuarial Society is moving to Computer Based Testing using Pearson Vue approved sites.  There are such sites in Jamaica and Trinidad.  We would like to know if you or anyone you know is a CAS student in any other Caribbean territory.  We will then work with the CAS on your behalf to see what can be arranged.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Your feedback is much appreciated. Please continue.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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.

News Update – July 1

Hi Everyone,

Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian members and friends!

Wednesday is our open day and several of our members are keen to share regional economist Marla Dukharan’s latest report. Editorial: J’accuse…! The European Union’s Institutionalized Racism and Bullying (pdf)

We’ve also been asked to share:

The University of Nebraska’s Actuarial Research Conference scheduled for mid-August.

You might also be interested in AI: A red eyed terminator or an actuary’s best friend? A webinar by the IFoA’s IPP John Taylor on 10th July.

The CIA has put out a Request for Proposals: The Use of Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI in the Canadian Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance Industry (pdf)

Remember to share your ideas in time for next Wednesday! Send them to us at caa.secretariat@gmail.com. You’re not limited to COVID-19. We’ll look at everything of interest to actuaries, especially if it relates to the Caribbean.

Best regards,

Shubhash & Betty

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.