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Robert J. Walling III

Robert Walling is a principal and consulting actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources and has been in the insurance industry since 1989 and consulting since 1997. He is primarily focused on actuarial studies for captives and self-insureds, including regulatory and litigation support. He also performs commercial lines ratemaking and reserving studies, as well as legislative costing. Mr. Walling has been named one of Captive Review’s Captive Power 50 for the last four years. He has served on the CAS Board of Directors, the Casualty Committee of the Actuarial Standards Board, and numerous CAS and AAA committees, three of them as chairperson. He is a faculty member of the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE). Mr. Walling is a frequent speaker at industry meetings on a wide array of topics.

Publications and Media

October 2020 APEX Webinar
An Update to Pinnacle’s Risk Retention Group Benchmarking Study
Authored by Erich A. Brandt and Gregory W. Fears, Jr. and Robert J. Walling III.

Issues & Answers: The Case for ERM
Best's Review
Authored by Robert J. Walling III.

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Case Studies

Competitive Analysis - Commercial Lines

Competitive Analysis - Commercial Lines

Pinnacle was approached by a major national commercial lines insurer to provide comprehensive competitive analysis of the businessowners policy (BOP) and commercial automobile insurance market places. Pinnacle’s analysis began with a comprehensive review of the products filed by the leading twenty insurers of these products examining coverage features, rating elements, tiering and scoring elements, unique coverage features and several other key product development elements. Following this initial step, Pinnacle performed detailed territory and premium comparisons for several states using a dynamic premium comparison engine that allowed investigation at the class, coverage amount and territory level of detail. The company used a batch rating feature to develop indicated rate level estimates. Mapping features looking at ranking and pricing differences were also produced. All of this information was incorporated into a countrywide overhaul of the company’s products and pricing.

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

An international insurance and reinsurance company wanted to design an optimization model to be used for both asset and liability decisions. Pinnacle actuaries were able to demonstrate to company management that their initial approach was both practically and theoretically unsound and prevented them from implementing a flawed decision making procedure. We were also able to suggest approaches that were more sound and would allow them to design a model that performed as desired.

Underwriting & Tiering Analysis

Underwriting & Tiering Analysis

A single state auto insurance writer hired Pinnacle to address its current rating and tiering program. We removed unnecessary underwriting restrictions and more adequately priced risk classes, which allowed the insurer to experience significant, profitable growth.

When we began, the company’s existing tiering design was only based on a few factors, including ones that significantly overlapped with the rating plan. When combined with the underwriting rules, the design was punitive and limited writable business. Through predictive modeling, we helped design a new tiering structure and applied an underwriting scoring approach to eliminate rating plan overlap and remove the overly punitive parts of the plan.
 

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