Archive for June, 2012


June 25th, 2012

FYI, several papers have a set of sample questions. I would STRONGLY recommend keeping these questions for the last few weeks, when you feel very prepared for the exam.

These questions are designed to test areas that haven’t been tested strongly by the CAS. Some are more difficult than the standard exam question. One benefit of keeping these questions till closer to the exam is that they will hopefully prepare you for the non-traditional questions that the CAS may throw your way.

I will be uploading a spreadsheet to the website that lists various errata. I will update this throughout the year. If you run into anything that is not on this list, I would appreciate if you let me know.

If you have any questions/ comments, do NOT post to this blog, as I receive no notification. Just send me an email.


Changes between the 2011 and 2012 manuals

June 18th, 2012

For those of you have already have a printed copy of the 2011 manual….

The main changes that I made were to fix the errata that were published last year, and also to occasionally incorporate some of the material from my 2011 blog posts. If you noted all of these, your notes should be fairly up to date.

Apart from this, the changes/ updates included:
-COPLFR: quite a few sections were added to this. Worth reprinting

-Schedule F: >paragraph added to the end of pg1 about prospective
>paragraph added to the end of the final page

-Schedule P: pg 10: example added

-Notes: >discounting section removed
>pg 4: 2nd paragraph added
>section added to page 9 bottom

-Feldblum Discounting: new paper

-IEE: incorporated note from Feldblum addendum: changed “Agents Balances” to “AB – ceded reinsurance prem payable”

-RBC: >note added to bottom of pg8
>pg 18: added a note to the section comparing the interest income adjustments
>pg 21: added a note to bottom about credit risk
>pg 25 end of 2nd paragraph: added a section

IASA14: >small note added to bonds section
>SAP DTA valuation added

Defrain: pg 1: note added about market consistency

That’s basically it. There were a few other minor changes here and there that I made to the notes during 2011 and did not record.


Status – Regulation/Gov’t/Rein Acct

June 14th, 2012

The manuals for the Government and Reinsurance Accounting sections will be updated by June 20 and the Regulation section readings from 2011 updated by June 29.  Schwartzman and Ross, Feldblum, and NAIC Solvency will be ready mid-July.

I will add some new videos for the new readings and add/edit a few for some old readings in July.  In August, I will add some more difficult problems, at the Bloom’s Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation levels.



Status – Accounting Material

June 7th, 2012

All accounting videos in the website can now be considered “final”

I expect to finalize the notes this weekend and submit for production/ publishing. They SHOULD be out AROUND 2 weeks from now.

Next steps:
-Create videos discussing select 2011 questions
-Updated notecards
-List of lists, and formula lists
-Discussion of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Any suggestions/ requests, please let me know!


Video status

June 3rd, 2012

As of 11AM PST Saturday 6/3:

The following videos have had updates (most minor) and can be considered to be “final”:

-Discounting (brand new video – study manual still needs to be uploaded)
-IASA14 video 1
-IEE video 2
-IRIS video 3
-IRS Discounting videos 1 & 2
-Schedule P video 2
-Surplus video 1

-IASA10 video 2
-IASA14 video 1
-IASA14 video 2
-Surplus 2009 video
-Taxable Income: 2 videos
-IEE: video 1

The following videos STILL need to be updated (all paper discussion, not exam discussion):
-Taxable Income
-Tax and Investment Strategy

Videos not mentioned above can be considered “final”

FYI I also still need to create videos discussing select 2011 exam problems.