FCAS, MAAA, CERA
Principal and Consulting Actuary
“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and Face the Strange)”
Oct 10, 2017
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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
Authored by Robert J. Walling III.
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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
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
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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December 03, 2020
December APEX Webinar -
So You Want to Be An Innovative Actuary