Actuaries' Survival Guide: How to Succeed in One of the Most Desirable Professions

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-21
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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This is a hands-on introductory professional reference book for actuaries and those who aspire to be actuaries. The book includes industry information and techniques from over 150 experts within the actuary profession. This is a skill based book based on industry experience providing industry insight that no other book on the market offers. Several sources of information are included from societies such as the Society of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, the Faculty of Actuaries, and the Institute of Actuaries. This reference combines available relevant information from various sources and presents that information in a concise and accessible way. The new edition includes many new updates including new exam requirements and industry changes. New industry focus Up-to-date exam information and materials Actuarial modeling Communication skill building Career advancement opportunities

Author Biography

Szabo's Actuaries' Survival Guide, Second Edition explains what actuaries are, what they do, and where they do it. It describes exciting combinations of the ideas, techniques, and skills involved in the day-to-day work of actuaries. This second edition has been updated to reflect the rise of social networking and the internet, the progress toward a global knowledge-based economy, and the global expansion of the actuarial field that has occurred since the first edition.

Table of Contents

Contentsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
What Is an Actuary?p. xvii
The Syllabusp. xvii
Q&Ap. xviii
The Examinationsp. xxi
Global Employersp. xxii
Online Resourcesp. xxii
Resources in Printp. xxiii
Actuarial Careersp. 1
Career Optionsp. 1
Benefits and Rewardsp. 6
A Typical Dayp. 8
Typical Projectsp. 13
Mathematical Skillsp. 30
Complementary Disciplinesp. 44
Actuaries of the Futurep. 59
SOA versus CASp. 61
Actuarial Accreditationp. 63
Associates and Fellowsp. 67
Going for a Master'sp. 68
Career Alternativesp. 70
Actuaries around the Worldp. 72
Actuarial Educationp. 91
The International Syllabusp. 91
The European Syllabusp. 93
The North American Syllabusp. 94
The SOA Examinationsp. 96
The CAS Examinationsp. 105
Printed Study Materialp. 109
Theory and Practicep. 111
Difficulty of me Examinationsp. 113
Ways to Pass Examinationsp. 116
Study Aidsp. 122
Mathematical Foundations of Actuarial Sciencep. 126
Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance, and Theory of Interestp. 141
Use of Actuarial Modelsp. 158
The CAS Version of the Actuarial Model Coursep. 176
Building Actuarial Modelsp. 177
Advanced SOA Examination Topicsp. 192
CAS Courses Referenced in the Surveyp. 194
Professional Development Coursep. 198
Actuarial Jobsp. 199
Landing Your First Jobp. 200
Moving Up the Ladderp. 202
Salaries and Benefitsp. 203
Company Reputationp. 208
Consulting versus Insurancep. 210
Consulting Firmsp. 213
Insurance Companiesp. 231
Reciprocity Agreementsp. 239
Actuarial Websitesp. 245
Recruiting Agenciesp. 247
SOA Education Summaryp. 253
CAS Education Summaryp. 257
Actuarial Symbolsp. 259
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 263
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