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A Conversation with...AAIS Chief Pricing Actuary, Michael Payne

Sep 9, 2021 / by Michael Payne posted in openIDL, Insurance, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Blockchain, Data, Modeling/Actuarial, Risk, AAIS Views, risk management

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This is the next installment in a series of conversations with AAIS leadership to get to know them, their background, and the unique work they’re doing within AAIS to further the insurance industry. In this edition, AAIS Views spoke with Michael Payne, Chief Pricing Actuary, about his career, being creative as an actuary, the role data is playing to create better pricing models, and how AAIS is leveraging those models to deliver value to our Members.

Tell us about your background.

Michael Payne: When I was in college, I liked math, but really didn’t know what I wanted to do. Then I heard about Actuarial Science from an alum who came back to campus and gave a presentation about the career path. That’s what sparked my interest. I got an internship at Zurich and that turned into my first job out of school. I started out doing pricing at Zurich, went to SCOR Re to do reinsurance pricing, and went back to Zurich to eventually lead a pricing tools team.

One not-so-traditional role in my career was a stint I did at Sears in their Home Services unit where I was the Director of Underwriting Analysis. Basically, if you bought a refrigerator at Sears, they were going to offer you a protection plan. It was my role to figure out the prices for those protection agreements based on how likely the appliance was going to need to be repaired or even replaced.

Overall, I really like pricing. It’s prospective in nature as you try to determine what might happen in the future.

In the winter of 2018, I joined AAIS where I’ve been able to leverage my pricing experience. My role includes product development and delivering loss costs that are appropriate for the coverage being offered. Not all carriers have a large team of actuaries or loads of data, so our rating plans offer them a faster speed to market for a new line of business, or even insurtechs to get their first policies written.

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A Conversation with...AAIS VP of Data Solutions, Ruturaj Waghmode

Aug 26, 2021 / by Ruturaj Waghmode posted in openIDL, Insurance, Data & Technology, Blockchain, Data, AAIS Views

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This is the first in a series of conversations with AAIS leadership to get to know them, their background and the unique work they're doing within AAIS to further the insurance industry. In this edition, AAIS Views spoke with Ruturaj Waghmode, VP of Data Solutions, about his career, our openIDL blockchain technology, the member benefits of openIDL and what else AAIS is doing with data. 

Tell us about your background.

Ruturaj Waghmode: I have more than 15 years experience leading transformational programs and enterprise solutions for companies in a range of industries, including insurance, banking and financial services around the world. To sum it up simply: I'm a technologist who solves business problems.

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Report Highlights: openIDL Passes COVID-19 BI Data Call Test

Aug 24, 2021 / by Robin Westcott posted in openIDL, Data & Technology, COVID-19, NAIC, Data Call, Business Interruption, AAIS Views

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On Aug. 16, at the 2021 Summer National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) National Meeting, AAIS VP of Government Affairs, Legal & Compliance, Robin Westcott, presented the results of a Proof of Concept (POC) testing whether openIDL could support a COVID-19 Business Interruption Data call issued by the NAIC.

The meeting served as the kickoff for the openIDL Regulatory Reporting Steering Committee (RRSC). Ms. Westcott provided highlights from the positive findings set out in the report published by AAIS declaring that blockchain/distributed ledger technology had passed the test enroute to even broader applications across the industry.

Following is a summary of Ms. Westcott’s presentation:

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openIDL COVID-19 Pilot Huge Success, Delivers First-Ever Insights

Aug 17, 2021 / by AAIS posted in openIDL, Insights, Data & Technology, COVID-19, Regulatory/Compliance, Blockchain, Legislation & Regulation, Regulators, Business Interruption, AAIS Views

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AAIS conducted a Proof of Concept (POC) using the open Insurance Data Link (openIDL) for regulatory reporting. The results demonstrated that this blockchain/distributed ledger technology can dramatically improve both the output and process of insurance regulatory reporting for insurers and regulators.

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Examining the Evolution of Blockchain Applications in Insurance

Aug 13, 2021 / by Truman Esmond posted in openIDL, Insurance, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Regulatory/Compliance, Blockchain, Data, AAIS Views

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Blockchain started as a popular buzzword among techies but has since permeated across industries. In insurance, its potential is being realized as game changing. Truman Esmond, AAIS Vice President of Membership and Solutions, spoke at a recent webinar hosted by The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation on how AAIS is utilizing blockchain to support industry.

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The Value of Risk Control: Moving Beyond the Basics

Mar 15, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Technology, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, COVID-19, New/Emerging Risks, AAIS Webinar Series, Underwriting, Risk, RCT, EMC, AAIS Views

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In this edition from the AAIS Webinar Series, titled: The Value of Risk Control: Moving Beyond the Basics, Bryon Snethen, Vice President Risk Improvement at EMC Insurance and Jacob Pereira, a Solutions Engineer at Risk Control Technologies identified the purpose and value of risk control to a variety of stakeholders, including agents, insurance companies, policyholders, and society.

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AAIS Program Named Elite 50 Internship

Feb 23, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Insurance News/Current Events, AAIS Culture, Industry, AAIS News & Views, Leadership, AAIS Views

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When COVID-19 hit, not only did it wreak havoc on the job market, but on internship programs as well. Thousands of programs were terminated, as organizations scrambled to adjust to the pandemic and remote workforce. AAIS was one organization that kept its internship programs humming along remotely. Its commitment to continuing its quality internship program earned AAIS recognition when it was named to the Rising Insurance Star Executives (RISE) list of Elite 50 Internships.

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Cyber Insurance Starting to Find A Practical Footing

Jan 28, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Personal Lines, Community, Issues & Trends, IoT, Homeowners, Cyber, New/Emerging Risks, P&C Insurers, Cyber Fortress, Berkley Re, CyberPolicy, AAIS Views

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Imagine this: You’re working from home, like many others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your children are also home, remote learning. One of your kids falls prey to malware, infecting your entire network with a virus. Your at-home business’s website is shut down for eight hours. You sigh a breath of relief, thankful that your insurance will cover the costs… or does it?

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IMUA, Allianz Leaders Talk Inland Marine Market

Jan 28, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Issues & Trends, Inland Marine, Industry Associations, Working in Insurance, IMUA, Allianz, AAIS Views

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AAIS has been a longtime supporter of the Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA). The national association provides exemplary curriculum, training, and resources to strengthen underwriting in inland marine insurance. Every year, the IMUA holds an annual meeting to provide educational opportunities for professionals of all inland marine backgrounds.

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AI and Modern Compliance

Jan 9, 2021 / by AAIS posted in Community, Technology, Machine Learning/AI, Issues & Trends, Data & Technology, Insurtech, Regulatory/Compliance, Insurance Operations, Innovation, AAIS Insights, AAIS Pulse, Executive, Regulation, Compliance, Locke Lorde, AI, AAIS Views

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In August of 2020, the NAIC adopted five guiding principles for artificial intelligence (AI), based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s AI Principles which have been adopted by 42 countries across the globe. These five principles include: Fair and Ethical Accountability, Compliance, transparency, security, safety, and robustness of outputs.

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