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Marco Island To Host CAS Spring Meeting
by Deborah M. Rosenberg 

The 1998 CAS Spring Meeting will be held May 17-20 at the   Marriott’s Marco Island Resort and Golf Club on Florida’s southern Gulf Coast. Marco Island is a lively resort community offering golf, tennis, swimming, and surfing.

The featured speaker is Dr. Barry Asmus, the senior economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus speaks, testifies, writes, and consults on political and business problems confronting America. He is a strong advocate of free market/limited government solutions to these problems. Dr. Asmus was named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. His published works include the 1994 book ClintonCare: Putting Government in Charge of Your Health in which he counters the Clinton proposals with private sector alternatives.

Four general sessions are being planned. "The Effect of Science and Technology on Risk Classification and Underwriting" will discuss how science can provide valuable assistance in risk classification. It will also explore whether a balance can be established between insurers’ underwriting objectives and the insureds’ privacy and proprietary concerns. A second session, "The Future of the Actuary," will focus on the latest trends in the financial services sector and examine how casualty actuaries can best demonstrate their value in this new era.

The two other general sessions will be presented concurrently. One panel will analyze how the insurance industry can better align its technology and business strategies. The other session will examine the growing influence of "junk science" and its impact on insurance costs.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear presentations on Proceedings papers and on the call paper program, "Dynamic Analysis of Pricing Decisions." The Michelbacher Prize will be presented to the best paper submitted in response to this call.

New concurrent sessions will include "Introduction to Securitization," "The Florida Committee on Catastrophe Modeling," "Health Issues and Managed Care," "A Look at Latin America," and "Rating Sport Utility Vehicles."

Optional golf and tennis tournaments will be held Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday evening, weather permitting, members and guests are invited to an outdoor theme party by the water.

More detailed information on the CAS 1997 Spring Meeting will soon be mailed to members.

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