Casualty Actuarial Society

Wheels Down Webinar

Wheels Down

March 22, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 ET

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to register please complete the print form and return it to the CAS prior to 11AM (EST).


This session will address the continuing commercial auto issues from a pricing and reserving perspective. We will approach the issues by walking through the last decade to understand the trends and drivers behind these trends. We will break down the overall results into the latest frequency and severity trends, rate changes, pressures on increased limits factors, lengthening development factors and resulting profitability issues. Cross-line comparisons including a review of the commercial auto component of umbrella will be addressed. We will also discuss tests devised to spot outlier companies early on, including market differentiating features such as average case-reserving practices, last-reserve-to-settlement amounts, and duration matching. Lastly presenters will cover the qualitative and quantitative features to address the drivers and results through the cycle, including a look at trend drivers into the future.

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The opinions expressed by speakers at this event are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CAS.

Intended Audience:

This webinar will be of interest to all CAS members, and of special interest to actuaries who work in the following areas, Claims, Planning - Strategic and Financial, Pricing/Ratemaking, Product Development, and Reserving


John Buchanan, FCAS, MAAA, is a principal in charge of Verisk/ISO's Excess and Reinsurance Division. He has over 30 years of experience as a front-line pricing actuary and consultant in the US, London, and other international reinsurance marketplaces. In John's career, he has conceptualized, developed and implemented extensive benchmarking and modeling services for various reinsurers, excess carriers, and industry groups. He also formed and is the chairperson of the joint IFoA-CAS International Pricing Research Working Party whose  paper prepared for the 2016 GIRO Conference won the UK Brian Hey award.  He is on the CARe committee responsible for many of the annual educational tracks, and previously at the CAS Ratemaking Seminar.  He has been a moderator and panelist at dozens of industry seminars on the topic of domestic and international reinsurance pricing, the underwriting cycle, international benchmarking, etc. 

Julie Halper, ACAS, MAAA is currently working for Swiss Re pricing complex treaty casualty deals. Julie joined Swiss Re in 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience as a (re)insurance actuary pricing and reserving a wide range of casualty and property lines of business. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Julie held senior positions in reinsurance and actuarial consulting. She is on the CARe committee and responsible for many of the general sessions, and a few of the other sessions including an update for commercial auto.   She is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Kirsten Hernan, FCAS, MAAA  is the former Head of Trend Spotting at Swiss Re, where she was charged with providing forward looking analysis, rooted in and quantitative methods, to help position Swiss Re's underwriting and improve risk assessment. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Kirsten was a managing director at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on strategy, operations and advanced analytics and LED numerous engagements focused on leveraging analytics to deliver insights and enable understanding of business trends to drive better business decisions and processes.  Kirsten  also served as Senior Vice President at ACE Limited (now Chubb), functioning in a variety of financial, operational and actuarial roles. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries

Peter Tomopoulos, ACAS, MAAA is a Senior Manager with the Actuarial, Rewards & Analytics practice of Deloitte Consulting in NYC, and has over 20 years of Property and Casualty actuarial and insurance consulting experience.  Peter focuses on techniques and processes used by insurance companies in identifying, extracting, applying and analyzing business information and third party data throughout the insurance data lifecycle.  Part of Peter’s role entails providing actuarial services to self-insureds and their diverse group of risks, including Commercial Auto.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Peter worked in the Personal Lines Actuarial Division at ISO. Peter is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Registration Information and Fees

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to register please complete the print form and return it to the CAS prior to 11AM (EST).

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Registrations fees will be refunded for cancellations received in writing at the CAS Office via fax, 703-276-3108, or email,, by March 22, 2018 less a $25 processing fee.

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The CAS Continuing Education Policy applies to all ACAS and FCAS members who provide Actuarial Services. Actuarial Services are defined in the CAS Code of Professional Conduct as “professional services provided to a Principal by an individual acting in the capacity of an actuary. Such services include the rendering of advice, recommendations, findings or opinions based upon actuarial considerations.” Members who are or could be subject to the continuing education requirements of a national actuarial organization can meet the requirements of the CAS Continuing Education Policy by satisfying the continuing education requirements established by a national actuarial organization recognized by the Policy. For further information regarding the CAS Continuing Education Policy please visit the CAS web site.

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