Risk Classification & the New Academy Monograph

Risk Classification & the New Academy Monograph
March 15, 2012
1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern

The Risk Classification Work Group of the Academy’s Risk Management and Financial Reporting Council presented a webinar on March 15 to provide members and interested parties with an in-depth but accessible discussion of the concepts underlying risk classification as it is applied in all actuarial practice areas. The webinar was based on the work group’s monograph, On Risk Classification, published in November 2011, which updated the 1980 Risk Classification Statement of Principles.

Topics included:

  • Risk and Risk Transfer via Financial or Personal Security Systems
  • Individual Choice in Voluntary and Compulsory Financial or Personal Security Systems
  • Characteristics of a Successful Financial or Personal Security System
  • Risk Classes, Risk Characteristics, Adverse Selection, and Individual Equity
  • Risk Classification and the Estimation of Expected Cost
  • Social, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations

This webinar was jointly sponsored by the Academy and the Society of Actuaries.



  • Arnold Dicke, MAAA, FSA, CERA, Chairperson of the Risk Classification Work Group
  • Burt Jay, MAAA, FSA, FCA, Member of the Risk Classification Work Group
  • Mark Litow, MAAA, FSA, Member of the Risk Classification Work Group



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