Navigating Trends

Web Exclusives + Actuaries Climate Index + Webcasts + SOA Health Meeting

Web Exclusives

A Closer Look at the State of Our Health

Public health—it’s a broad topic. From conducting scientific research, educating the masses, setting safety standards and developing school nutrition programs, public health includes all of us. The web-exclusive series on public health published on includes a wide array of articles on topics ranging from some of the early successes of public health such as vaccinations and family planning, to current headline issues such as suicide and opioids, to cutting-edge opportunities like community care organizations. Read the articles and see how you can contribute to the broad public health discussion to improve the overall health of society.

Understanding Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion

In a new study conducted on behalf of the Society of Actuaries (SOA), The Actuarial Foundation, the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA), respondents were asked to consider the statement “The actuarial profession is not as diverse as it should be.”

Read the web-exclusive article and download a copy of the barriers to entry research report to learn more. Find more information on the SOA’s diversity and inclusion programs.



Take Your Pick: Webcast Recordings Available

Looking to increase your knowledge base? You’ve come to the right place. Twelve professional interest sections have added several webcast recordings to their menu of educational offerings. Topics cover reinsurance, leadership, ethics, technology and more.

Section members can view these webcasts at no charge. There are just two simple rules:

  1. Webcasts must be at least one year old.
  2. You must be a member of a section that created the webcast to view at no charge.

Free webcast recordings are housed on SOA Engage and will require you to log in using your SOA username and password. Webcasts that have not reached the one-year mark can be purchased for $144 through the SOA.



2018 SOA Health Meeting

Attend the 2018 SOA Health Meeting June 25–27 in Austin, Texas, and learn how to navigate today’s health trends. This meeting is the premier event for actuaries working in the health industry.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Integrated delivery systems
  • Blockchain innovation in health care
  • Health care costs
  • Public health—more important now than ever
  • Specialty drugs

Choose from more than 100 thought-provoking sessions. Register today.



Climate Index

The current data from the Actuaries Climate Index reveals the five-year moving average of climate extremes remains at the high recorded in winter 2016–2017 for Canada and the United States. This was driven by sea level changes in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions. The index was jointly developed by the SOA the American Academy of Actuaries (the Academy), the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) and the CAS. Read more about the findings at