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DFA Seminar Set For New York City

new yorkNew York City is the site of the 2000 Dynamic Financial Analysis Seminar on July 17-18 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Sponsored by CAS and the American Risk and Insurance Association, the seminar's goal is to enhance the actuary's role in the strategic planning process by integrating traditionally less familiar asset-based concepts with the more familiar liability concepts. This year, the seminar will highlight the numerous recent contributions of authors responding to the CAS Call for Discussion Papers on DFA, entitled Evaluation of Strategic Alternatives and Presentations and Conclusions of DFA. The seminar will also include an expanded Basic DFA track, and other tracks geared toward model "builders," "users," and the perspectives of "outsiders" on DFA. These sessions will provide numerous examples of how primary and reinsurance company personnel have utilized DFA applications.

The keynote speaker for the general session is Peter Bernstein, author of Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Bernstein's first book has been widely acclaimed in many sectors of the financial services industry and was reviewed in The Actuarial Review (February 1999). He will address, among other topics, his thoughts on the convergence of financial and insurance markets and how this will affect the measurement and management of risk.

In addition to furthering the educational pursuits of actuaries of all experience levels on practical DFA applications, the seminar will also present some of the latest research on DFA from the academic arena. More detailed information on other interesting session topics will be mailed to CAS members soon.