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Hosted by David Wright, an actuary and managing director of Beach, a global reinsurance intermediary. Not Unreasonable brings you interviews covering management, analytics, sales and economics interpreted through David's insurance and reinsurance background. Subscribe in iTunes, stitcher, or by rss feed. Sign up for my newsletter here and also see us on youtube!
 
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Critical Point
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Objectivity matters. Today, more than ever. With no agenda, other than getting it right, Milliman’s Critical Point podcast takes a deep dive into subject matter that affects the health and well-being of people across the globe, from healthcare to retirement security, flood insurance to autonomous vehicles. Through a team of professionals ranging from actuaries to clinicians, technology specialists to economists, Critical Point examines the inherent challenges – and innovative solutions – tha ...
 
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Biznews Radio
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Welcome to BizNews Radio where we interview top thought leaders and businesspeople from South Africa and across the globe.
 
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LONDON — South Africa has a serious problem in literacy rates among Grade 4 pupils. It ended at the bottom of a list of 50 countries in the Progress in International Literacy Study known as PIRLS conducted in 2016. It is estimated that 78% of Grade 4 pupils cannot read for meaning. Compare this figure to 3% in England, 4% to the United States,1 ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — In May 2018, I interviewed the team at InvestSure, which developed a world-first insurance technology product which protects buyers of shares from management teams that mislead and deceive shareholders. The product is aimed at protecting shareholders from Steinhoff-styled meltdowns that are sparked off by managers behaving badly. ...…
 
LONDON — Roughly two-thirds of the world, including South Africa have grounded the Boeing 737 Max as airlines see a connection between the crash of an Ethiopian Airline jet that killed 157 people and a similar disaster involving the same plane last October in which 189 people were killed when a Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea in Indon ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — The most recent edition of The Economist has described how there is a new 'scramble' for Africa amid foreign involvement in the continent reaching new levels. A record number of new embassies, as well as renewed interest from emerging economic giants such as India, are resulting in new opportunities. Africa, of course, also faces ...…
 
Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA, interviews Fritz Busch, FSA, MAAA, about his February 2019 article "Consumers to the Rescue? A Primer on HDHPs and HSAs."
 
LONDON — We are waking up to the fact that barely anything we do online is private. I had a stark wake-up call when friends were talking about the European ski season on a WhatsApp group and ideas to borrow ski jackets were discussed; one brand name came up and hey presto, next moment we all saw ads for the brand on our Facebook pages. So, is F ...…
 
Martin Gurri is a former CIA analyst whose book, the Revolt of the Republic, has put together the best explanation I’ve heard yet for how and why social media has changed politics everywhere in the world. His theory links together the color revolutions, Brexit and *both* the Trump and Obama presidencies. To me most political discourse is unprod ...…
 
Martin Gurri is a former CIA analyst whose book, the Revolt of the Republic, has put together the best explanation I’ve heard yet for how and why social media has changed politics everywhere in the world. His theory links together the color revolutions, Brexit and *both* the Trump and Obama presidencies. To me most political discourse is unprod ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — In a previous podcast with BizNews in 2018, Cape Town-based Adi Kaimowitz told us all about his interesting startup 'Virtual Actuary', which has been dubbed the 'Uber of Actuaries'. Almost a year later and Kaimowitz's model has been hailed globally amid him being invited recently to speak at a discussion on actuaries hosted by th ...…
 
From the February 2019 Taxing Times: This edition of “In the Beginning” provides an introduction to ERISA how it affects annuities within tax-qualified plans. Written by Michael L. Hadley. Read by Dan Theodore.
 
LONDON — The South African Constitutional Court ruling in September 2018 on the decriminalisation of marijuana for personal use has increased pressure on the government to change its policy on the cannabis industry. In his Budget speech in February 2019, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni acknowledged that there is a need for a shift in policy so th ...…
 
LONDON — We are all starting to slowly wake up to the fact that the minute detail of our daily lives that we share when we google, post our pictures on Instagram and Facebook are monitored, turned into big data and sold on to target specific advertisement to our tastes. We may think it is just a bit of fun, but it becomes quite a different matt ...…
 
What is a critical point and why would we name Milliman’s podcast after this mathematical concept? In this episode, host Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson speaks with Milliman consultants Hans Leida and Doug Norris, who are both healthcare actuaries and math PhDs, about the concept of a critical point and how it relates to Milliman’s work.…
 
LONDON — It looks as if 2019 will be the year when a number of high profile tech companies are going public. Ride-haling company Lyft is first in line, followed by its bigger rival Uber. They are not the only companies who have signalled their intention to float; messaging start-up Slack, image company Pinterest and food delivery company Postma ...…
 
John Toohey, CFA is a Vice President of Equity Investments and Portfolio Manager at USAA Asset Management Company. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. The Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries is creating a podcast series - How I Became an Investment Actuary. In each podcast, we will interview a prominent investment actuar ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — It's not often that one hears the stories of emerging farmers in South Africa and the challenges they go through. Amid noise around land reform and the politics that go with it, it's these voices that get lost in the cacophony. So, it was an interesting opportunity to chat with Ncebe Jakavule, a chicken farmer in King William's T ...…
 
Facebook is standing first in the firing line of criticism of the big tech companies who are accused of selling users private data, channelling propaganda and fake news and damaging democratic elections. More countries around the world are now starting to talk about regulating Facebook and other social media platforms. Zuckerberg did not help h ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — Many people in South Africa may have never heard of Lobster Ink before. It's a company that's quietly gone about its business providing online video training to staff in the hospitality and tourism sector. From small beginnings in South Africa, Lobster Ink has grown rapidly to service the world's biggest hotel groups from Africa ...…
 
Keeping up to date on the recent policy changes for the Affordable Care Act can be challenging. Listen to Part 12 of the series as Kristi Bohn unpacks Association Health Plans, Short term health plans, small group happenings and the value of volunteering.
 
JOHANNESBURG — In 2016, a consortium comprising dealmakers at RMB Ventures, Pan-African Capital Holdings, MIC Capital Partners and Smit Amandla Marine employees acquired Smit Amandla Marine from a Dutch maritime group. Known as African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol), the new venture that emerged from this deal embarked on a journey of transform ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — BizNews doesn't only keep its readers up-to-date with the latest happenings in the business world, but it can even inspire new entrepreneurs to kickstart their own exciting ventures. This has been the case with Henco Wiid and Francois Liebenberg who - after listening to Alec Hogg interview the now late Professor Matthew Lester ab ...…
 
LONDON — The question being asked by economists tonight is whether Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has managed to avoid a ratings downgrade by Moody’s. At the news conference before the budget speech, Reserve bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago said the banking system had planned for this scenario and that the system will be able to withstand a downg ...…
 
LONDON — Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has drawn the battle lines with Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. At a news conference before his budget speech in Parliament, Mr Mboweni came to the defence of his Director-General Dondo Mogajane saying that he is reviewing the report of Mkhwebane that ‘Speedy Dondo’ as he called him, should be discip ...…
 
LONDON — Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warned the cash-strapped state owned enterprises and Eskom in particular at a news conference before his budget speech that the government will not allow the SOEs to continue wasting tax payers money. Shortly after the conference, he unveiled that Eskom will receive an annual grant of R23bn from taxpayers ...…
 
LONDON — Many of the state owned enterprises in South Africa became synonymous with state capture and can be blamed for the economic crisis that the country finds itself in. Looting and sheer incompetence at Eskom, the SABC and SAA pushed them to the brink of financial collapse. At a media conference before his budget speech, Finance Minister T ...…
 
LONDON — The man accused of being involved in smuggling cigarettes and falsifying documents, Adriano Mazotti found himself to be in the firing line of a new drive by SARS to clamp down on the illicit economy. High Court Sheriffs attached and removed all movable property from his house and a warehouse in Johannesburg. SARS says Mazotti, who is a ...…
 
LONDON — Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in his budget that the government will offer early retirement to civil servants which will reduce the public sector wage bill by R20bn over the next three years. He said at a news conference before the speech that early retirement will be offered without pension penalties. - Linda van Tilburg…
 
LONDON — There was an acknowledgement by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that many of South Africa’s economic woes are self-inflicted. At a news conference before his budget speech in Cape Town, he gave the backdrop of his budget and says the Government was taking steps to fix the problems and “go back to the plum years.” And there was a warning ...…
 
Barbara Zvan, FSA, FCIA, CERA is Chief Risk & Strategy Officer at Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan. The Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries is creating a podcast series - How I Became an Investment Actuary. In each podcast, we will interview a prominent investment actuary. We hope to provide a series of interest to actuaries wanting t ...…
 
What a difference a year makes. South Africa's recently appointed minister of finance Tito Mboweni was in great form this morning addressing a packed press conference where he fielded questions around taxpayers' R23bn a year capital injection into Eskom (Tito doesn't like it being called a "bailout"); what would happen if Moody's were to downgr ...…
 
LONDON — South Africa is high up on the list of the heavy weights in the world when it comes to obesity. Our diet of ‘slap chips’, ‘pap and sheba’ and increasing reliance on fast foods at outlets where you do not even have to get out of the car to get your burger or fried chicken, is taking its toll. Some studies find that South Africa's obesit ...…
 
LONDON — The Venezuelan people are bearing the brunt of the socialist policies of their President Nicholas Maduro. Images of people looking for food in the rubbish and telling the world of their plight can be seen daily on news outlets all over the world. But Maduro is blocking aid to the country to his starving nation saying that his people ar ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — The recent announcement by energy company TOTAL that it had discovered a major oil and gas find off of South Africa's southern coast sparked a lot of excitement recently. There's been talk that the find contains up to 1 billion barrels and economists have already started calculating the potential economic benefit to the country. ...…
 
This episode is an update from last year's check in with Judah Cohen, Director of Seasonal Forecasting at AER, a Verisk Company and a Research Affiliate at MIT. We talk about the winter of 2019 including the incredible cold snap that hit the continental US, other anomalous weather patterns (very cold arctic!) and how all these systems interact. ...…
 
This episode is an update from last year's check in with Judah Cohen, Director of Seasonal Forecasting at AER, a Verisk Company and a Research Affiliate at MIT. We talk about the winter of 2019 including the incredible cold snap that hit the continental US, other anomalous weather patterns (very cold arctic!) and how all these systems interact. ...…
 
Host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, interviews Steve Kopp, FSA, FCIA, a longtime lecturer of actuarial science and statistics.
 
LONDON — If anybody doubted the seriousness of Eskom's crisis, there was another dark reminder in the form of Stage 4 load shedding. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a range of measure that he is considering to switch on the lights; more details will be in the budget speech. To get the overseas perspective on the state owned entity’s prospec ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — Well known South African comedian and director Kagiso Lediga is starting to carve out a seriously successful film career. Coming hot on the heels of his Netflix debut 'Catching Feelings' (another must-watch SA film), he's now involved with the smash box office hit Matwetwe, a movie that puts Breaking Bad-type twist on selling mar ...…
 
CAPE TOWN — Unless Eskom gets the tariff hike they’re asking for, the power utility will have to ask government for another R83bn in three to five years’ time, says its new CFO, Calib Cassim. In the most revealing interview yet, Cassim admits to Chris Yelland, one of the country’s top energy journalists, that Eskom is currently “using one credi ...…
 
Keeping up to date on the recent policy changes for the Affordable Care Act can be challenging. Listen to Part 1 of the series as Kristi Bohn unpacks CSRs, Section 1332 Waivers and recent case law.
 
LONDON — It has been a tough year for Snap, maker of the photo messaging app, Snapchat as it lost users to competitors like Instagram. It didn’t help when a Kardashian influencer tweeted that she did not open Snapchat anymore. The company managed to stem the flow by the three months to end December with the latest results beating Wall Street es ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — The recent passing away of John Bogle, the low-cost investing pioneer and founder of Vanguard, put into sharp focus the continuing downward pressure on fees in the investment industry. It's a trend that - along with the increasing adoption of technology - will gather pace in 2019, according to Wealthport CEO Eugene Maree. In this ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — There's surging demand from South Africans for the United States' EB-5 immigrant investor programme. This is according to Stuart Ferguson who is the CEO of American Dream - a business that helps secure US visas for families from countries such as South Africa and even the United Arab Emirates. It's no surprise that many South Afr ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — It's well known that Africa has serious challenges when it comes to sufficient infrastructure. In fact, it presents both a challenge to the continent's growing economies as well as an opportunity to leapfrog the rest of the world. To date, African nations have relied overwhelmingly on public funding to build their current infrast ...…
 
My guests for this episode are Ted Tafaro, Founder and CEO of Exceptional Risk Advisors and his partner Chris Lack. Exceptional Risk Advisors writes insurance policies covering complex human capital risks for highly successful individuals such as Entertainers, Athletes, Corporate Executives and other Professionals. My opening question is about ...…
 
My guests for this episode are Ted Tafaro, Founder and CEO of Exceptional Risk Advisors and his partner Chris Lack. Exceptional Risk Advisors writes insurance policies covering complex human capital risks for highly successful individuals such as Entertainers, Athletes, Corporate Executives and other Professionals. My opening question is about ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to have a state visit to India on 25-26 January. The visit will present another opportunity for Ramaphosa to drum up further investment for South Africa, following a major summit that he held late last year. India is increasingly becoming a key nation in global politics and business with the count ...…
 
JOHANNESBURG — There's some good news and bad news for Saffers when it comes to the latest Global Talent Competitiveness Index released at Davos this week. For starters, South Africa as a country has been slipping dramatically in recent years when it comes to attracting and creating competitive human resources. (SA this year ranks 71, sliding f ...…
 
The annual Brand South Africa dinner in Davos was so heavily oversubscribed this year that I only got a seat because of some late cancellations. A huge difference to recent years where there were always plenty of no-shows – such was the decline in the nation’s appeal while Jacob Zuma ruled the roost. Last year in Davos Cyril Ramaphosa led the d ...…
 
An informative interview on the Actuaries Without Borders Global Mentorship Program. Michael Mendel, manager of the program, John Robinson, a mentor for the program, and Lynette Tasaranarwo, a mentee with the program are interviewed by Actuary of the Future Section Council Interns Paul Birch and Mitch Tamashunas.…
 
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