COVID-19 Weekly Update – July 30

Dear Colleagues,

Reminder: CPD attestation for 2020 closes tomorrow, 31st July, at midnight.

For the long weekend, celebrating Emancipation Day, we offer a wide range of reading and viewing selections.

CAA Conference 2021 planning is in full swing. We will soon start posting updates and welcome your suggestions.

The Olympics are in full gear. Our small Caribbean nations are world-beaters, especially in track, while swimming and field events offer promise. We each follow our country’s team avidly but can see a round—up of the entire region’s representatives at LOOP News.

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Thanks for your support. Your feedback and contributions are highly valued.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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 – July 28

Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance announced last Friday that it had completed issuance of a Catastrophe Bond through the World Bank. The Jamaican government is the first in the Caribbean and the first island state in the world to independently access the CAT bond market. The bond will provide the GoJ with critical disaster insurance protection against losses from named storms across three Atlantic hurricane seasons up to December 2023. More details at the World Bank website.

CBTT: Launch of 2020 Financial Stability Report webinar 5th August.


Watch for public webinars on Diversity, IFRS – 17 and Exam Techniques and…

Details of our Conference 2021!

All Ordinary, Affiliate and Associate members are reminded that online CPD attestation for 2020 closes THIS WEEKEND. Please read our CPD Policy then complete your online attestation NOW.

The SOA has published their slate for upcoming elections. We note with pleasure that our long-time friend John Robinson is on their ballot for President Elect. We urge all our members with SOA voting privileges to participate in these elections which open between 13th – 24th September.


Actuarial articles & webinars of interest:

Climate Corner:

Food for Thought:

The downside of 21st Century Technology


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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

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 Weekly Update – July 23

Dear Colleagues,

We’re including this chart shared with us by a senior member. A detailed look may show some differences of data and opinion. However, the data sources are reported to be from the Ministries of Health for the respective countries.

Suggested Weekend Reading:

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Thanks for your support. Your feedback and contributions are highly valued.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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 – July 21

Thanks to all our members who attended last week’s informative Town Hall. We had a great turnout and those who attended took full advantage of the open chat right after. You’ll see more open chats after webinars in the coming months and after some of our Annual Conference sessions.

Watch for public webinars on Diversity, IFRS 17 and Exam Techniques and…

Details of our Conference 2021!

All Ordinary, Affiliate and Associate members are reminded that online CPD attestation for 2020 closes on 31st July. Please read our CPD Policy then complete your online attestation before that date.


Actuarial articles & webinars of interest:

Have a look at Brilliant’s learning concept.


All about the new IFoA CPD requirements (including a survey & video)


The SOA has published their slate for upcoming elections. We note with pleasure that our old friend John Robinson is on the ballot for President Elect. We urge all our members with SOA voting privileges to participate in these elections which open between 13th – 24th September.


Climate Corner:


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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

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 COVID-19 Update – July 16

Dear Colleagues,

We do hope our members attended the Town Hall yesterday. You will note that our Board members are working towards creating a space where we can communicate more often and on topics of local, regional and global interest. It is important that we continue to engage each other and include other professionals. Let us all continue to contribute what we can to ensure that the CAA is always relevant in an ever-changing world.

We would like to change the format of this bulletin from August. In its present format it may have served its purpose. We welcome suggestions.

The Wednesday bulletin covers CAA and actuarial news. This Friday space is now used for tracking COVID-19 and we can add any other area on which we need to focus.

We will continue to filter the myriad of available information to guide you towards those areas that we all agree are of interest in our region and worldwide.

Weekend reads & notices:

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Thanks for your support. Your feedback and contributions are highly valued.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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 14

Members: Tomorrow afternoon, 15th July. Town Hall. Be there!

All members were pre-registered and sent a link. Please use that link to confirm your registration.

Did you miss the New York Times Netting Zero webinar? Speakers included Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador of Barbados for Climate Change, Small Island Developing States and Law of the Sea. You can watch it, and previous instalments, on YouTube.

There is a movement, particularly in the UK, to invest pension funds more sustainably following the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Two articles from The Guardian show that “the powers that be” were well aware of the (then) impending crisis more than half a century ago but did not act. Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored) and The scientists hired by big oil who predicted the climate crisis long ago


Of Critical Importance to ASA Candidates:

Announcement of ASA Curriculum Change and new Affiliate Member Category

ASA Curriculum Changes & Micro-Credentials FAQs

ASA Curriculum Changes and Micro-credentials Transition Rules


CAA President Kyle did a survey on IACA’s membership which has been included in their June Newsletter.


All Ordinary, Affiliate and Associate members are reminded that online CPD attestation for 2020 closes on 31st July. Please read our CPD Policy then complete your online attestation before that date.


Actuarial articles & webinars of interest:

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Bonne Fête Nationale to our readers in France.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

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 Weekly Update – July 9

Dear Colleagues,

STATEMENT by Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on Assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Suggested Weekend Reading:

Also of Interest:

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

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Stay safe and be happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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 Weekly Update – June 2

Dear Colleagues,

Our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Barbados as they start to recover from Hurricane Elsa and to those in Jamaica who anticipate its arrival tomorrow.  Stay safe everyone. Keep track at the National Hurricane Center.

As borders reopen and most countries have vaccination plans in place, we do hope that you are staying safe and   adhering to the COVID-19 protocols. Remember when you get your second dose, it will take about two weeks for your immune system to adjust. It is important to sanitise, social distance, wear a mask and follow the directives from your Ministry of Health. You can even chat with your doctor.

Remember that we are risk managers and that the world his far from controlling the risk of spread of COVID-19 and its variants. It will take the rest of the year and probably part of next year for us to be comfortable with our environment and social behaviour.

Weekend reads & notices:

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

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

Stay safe and be happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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 – June 30

We are pleased to announce the formation of a brand-new CAA Committee. Our Climate Change Committee will focus the CAA’s commitment to do all we can to preserve this planet we all call home. As you know, the Caribbean is particularly prone to the effects of global warming and the resultant rise in sea levels, changing weather patterns and other repercussions. We must also rethink our various practice areas to adjust to changes brought about by these problems.

Please join us on 15th July for our online Town Hall to hear more about our plans to tackle this crucial concern. At the Town Hall, we’ll also update you on our involvement with the International Actuarial Association.

Here’s what our colleagues at some of the major associations are doing about this serious problem:

Pension funds and others handling investments in the UK are paying attention to WHERE they invest their clients’ money, following guidelines of the international Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

The New York Times also has a very informative web series, Netting Zero. The latest instalment, takes place on 1st July and featured speakers include Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, Ambassador of Barbados for Climate Change, Small Island Developing States and Law of the Sea. Read more and sign up here.

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

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

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 Weekly Update – June 25

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to Mike Smith and Octavio Rojas who both shared this Report with us.

“Attached is the Critical Covid-19 Data Insights report for the February to June 2021 time frame.

The June report indexes in a positive direction for all 3 survey questions.

As the Covid of 2021 wanes, the next issue to be aware of is ‘VOC’ or Variants of Concern. Variants mutate.

Many thanks to Dr. Block and the folks at Prosper Insights & Analytics for their continuing contributions to the series.”

Ronald Lunde

Suggested weekend reading:

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

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

Stay safe and be happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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.