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Auto Warranties and Extended Service Contracts
Multiple April 27, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Warranties

Co-authored by Amanda Conklin and Christina Henry.

Buying a vehicle can be stressful.  The sheer number of decisions facing a potential car purchaser can be overwhelming. One choice a buyer must make at the dealership is whether to purchase an extended service contract (or extended warranty).  At the 2017 Pinnacle U conference, we partnered with a student from Illinois State University for a presentation on auto warranties and extended service contracts (ESCs).  

Highlights from the CSIA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
The California Self-Insured Association’s (CSIA) Annual Meeting and Educational Conference took place April 3-4 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Amid the bustling spring break crowd at, “The Happiest Place On Earth,” the CSIA orchestrated another sold-out event. The multitude of California self-insureds in attendance included (among others) Southern California Edison, Nordstrom and, of course, Disney.
Cyber Risk Continues to Grow
Laura Maxwell April 18, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, Cyber, Insurance / Insurers
Insurance companies need better tools to effectively underwrite cyber liability risk, including data-driven approaches for underwriting using publicly-available data. The CAS Cyber Risk Task Force is an excellent place from which to start finding ways to help insurance companies manage this growing risk, both as potential victims and as insurers.
Linda Brobeck

A Review of the Book, “The Undoing Project,” by Michael Lewis

(author of “Moneyball,” “The Big Short” and “The Blind Side”)

A Review of the Book, “The Undoing Project,” by Michael Lewis
Linda Brobeck April 11, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, Blog, General
The Undoing Project is the story of two Israeli psychologists whose surprising friendship and unusual collaboration enlightened the world on a number of topics, including how we make judgments and the resulting decision-making behavior. It was a somewhat disappointing revelation that humans systematically err in intuitive decision-making. However, as a predictive modeler, it confirms my long-held suspicion that algorithms outperform our intrinsic judgment.
The Benefits of Self-Defense Training
Kim Brown April 05, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, General
I recently had the opportunity to participate in hands-on beginner-level Krav Maga training, coupled with an Active Shooter Response Seminar. With the escalation in civilian attacks on unsuspecting targets that we all hear about in the daily news, this kind of training can be extremely valuable to anyone. 
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