Services

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

What can we do for you?

IFRS17 POLICY AND METHODOLOGY

  • We can provide a list of IFRS17 policy and methodology choices that you have to make
  • Drafting of P&M papers
  • P&M investigations and Impact assessment of various P&M choices

IFRS17 architectural design and business requirements

  • Identifying new components required
  • Identifying existing components that can be leveraged
  • Drafting a target operating model under the new IFRS17 environment

IFRS17 vendor assessments

  • Assisting with drafting requests for proposals to IFRS17 vendors
  • Summarising the architectural components offered by various vendors from vendor proposals
  • Proposing combinations of components from various vendors that will fill the gaps in your current systems architecture

IFRS17 vendor implementation (configuration and validation)

  • Assisting with understanding data input requirements
  • Assisting with the initial transformation of data to vendor input requirements
  • Assisting with configuration of the system
  • Drafting testing strategies for user acceptance testing
  • Hands-on help with automating the functional testing process

IFRS17 data transformations & ETL automation

  • Building robust data staging platforms
  • Assisting with establishing the logic required to transform company data to vendor specific input formats
  • Automating data transformations with the latest software on the market

IFRS17 CSM prototype model builds

  • We offer ready to use CSM prototype models
  • We can also assist with building CSM prototype models
  • We can assist with leveraging current models you have internally to develop your own CSM prototype models

IFRS17 transition software (to automate transition calculations)

  • Assistance with developing a transition strategy
  • Assistance with managing the data required for transition calculations
  • We provide ready to use software which can automate the IFRS17 roll-forward calculations from inception to transition date

NON-LIFE GENERAL INSURANCE

Reserving, Capital modelling, Pricing, Risk management and Solvency II

We provide a full and comprehensive service offering covering among other things: 
 Reserving
  • Traditional triangulation reserving models and exposure based methods when claims experience is unreliable or inappropriate
  • Calculation of Technical Provisions for Solvency II and SAM
  • Implementation of reserving and technical provision processes in a range of platforms
  • Stochastic reserving methods including ultimate one-year reserve risk views
  • Assessment of the impact of IFRS 17

Capital modelling

  • Stochastic and other non-stochastic capital modelling techniques
  • Calibration of premium and reserve risk models for Solvency II and SAM
  • Implementation of capital models in a range of platforms
  • Methods used in the market-leading catastrophe models
  • Methods used by proprietary Economic Scenario Generators (ESGs)
  • Capital allocation methods
  • PPO modelling methods
  • Optimization of outward reinsurance

Pricing

  • Traditional personal and or commercial lines and London Market pricing techniques
  • Stochastic pricing methods for pricing reinsurance or complex commercial risks
  • Creation of pricing analytics for underwriters and management
  • Creation of connected pricing models online or with full database support
  • Optimisation methods for pricing and portfolio re-balancing
  • Application of machine learning techniques for pricing and portfolio segmentation

Risk management and Solvency II / SAM

  • Design and implementation of capital model validation
  • Standard formula calculations and commonly accepted approaches
  • Solvency II legislation and Internal Model Application Process requirements
  • Lloyd’s and PRA reporting requirements such as Lloyd’s Capital Returns and Quantitative Reporting Templates
  • Construction of Solvency II and SAM documents, such as policies, frameworks, logs or reports
  • Effective communication of risk information from capital models or other risk indicators to Risk Committees and Boards

INVESTMENTS

Below is a list of services we can offer on the investment side:

We have access to a variety of top actuarial investment experts and juniors, and projects we have been involved in have been far from standard; involving inter alia big data sets, unconventional assets and locum positions. We have become adept at doing the weird, messy and difficult jobs which nobody else wants.

Locums

  • Providing experts to temporarily occupy empty positions in corporates (e.g. whilst hiring).
  • If needed, the locum may document the processes and people involved in the position, for easy transition, and permanent storage of intellectual capital.

Unit Trusts:

  • Investigating Asset Liability Mismatches
  • Calculating per client adjustments to make to correctly compensate for historical transactional errors, and unit pricing errors.  We are experienced at working with big datasets.
  • Setting fees, setting up funds[1]
  • Managing co-naming / co-branding / white labelled agreements
  • Engaging FSCA regarding the regulatory environment
  • Platform management & improvement[2]
  • Assessing & improving overall fund offering[3]

Fee Disclosures:

  • Disclosure: Calculating TERs and transitions costs

Market Research:

  • For new and existing investment fields
  • Setting up capabilities for new investment fields

Liability Driven Investments

  • Market Research
  • Proposing, building and Reviewing models
  • Marketing & sales advice

Alternative Investments

Future Studies

Peer reviews

Complex calculations

Transition Management

[1] FSCA actions, administrators, determining launch TER, … [2] For example, IT interface, fund fact sheets, member queries, graphing and other displays, etc [3] For example, the Mandate

LIFE INSURANCE

Individual and Group Life

We provide a full and comprehensive service offering covering among other things:

Product Development:

Product Development of new innovative products.

Product knowledge for the following countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa

Products include: Group and Individual for Life and Funeral cover, Credit Life cover, Pension Fund investment, Disability, PHI, Dread Disease & other riders, Micro insurance and mobile solutions providers, health insurance.

Financial Reporting:

Valuations including statutory valuation responsibility for life assurer, reinsurer, friendly society, cell captive or start-up insurers

SAM / Solvency II implementation and review

  • Solvency Capital Requirement
  • Internal model
  • Own Risk Solvency Assessment

Embedded value calculations

IFRS17 formulation, preparation and implementation

  • Policy and methodology
  • Architectural design and business requirements
  • Vendor assessments
  • Vendor implementation (configuration and validation)
  • Data transformations & ETL automation
  • CSM prototype model builds
  • Transition software (to automate transition calculations)

Reinsurance:

Advising and implementing reinsurance arrangements to enable efficient capital management

Risk and capital management:

Asset liability modelling, liquidity and market risk management

Economic Capital Modelling and Risk Capital Allocation and optimisation

Software:

Support in using and managing actuarial cash flow modelling systems (Prophet, MoSes, RiskAgility).

WIDER FIELDS, TELCO AND ADVANCED ANALYTICS

Advanced Analytics as an X factor

At Virtual Actuary, our advanced data analytics team takes your data security extremely seriously. We use end to end encryption, secure and POPIA-compliant storage facilities; which have strict, legally enforceable privacy policies as well as secure data management policies which are resistant to social engineering. Your data will be so safe, you might want to keep it with us.

Our philosophy with advanced data analytics is that the results must affect your bottom line. Vanity metrics and dash boards which do not engage with or enhance business decision making are, at best, a waste of your time and money. We deliver products that integrate into your business seamlessly; providing insights which positively affect either growth, revenue and/or savings. We strive for results that will become a standard part of your operations and ongoing quest for business excellence.

A major part of advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence adoption within your business involves risk. Often, the solutions we provide have never been done before and this is the nature of innovation. As such, our risk management strategy involves high-frequency feedback (typically every week) as well as key data driven metrics which quantify the potential of the project to be a success (from a return on investment perspective) at every stage of development.

Our team has an eclectic skill set and has experience from a wide range of industries. From cybersecurity, marketing and advertising, engineering and software development to private equity and strategy consulting. We offer a mature, fully-featured, and extremely technically skilled service. We have developed algorithms that optimise advertising spend and customer lead acquisition, we have engineered automatic pricing systems, we can infer proprietary information using only publicly available data and have expertise in automatic fraud detection methods.

Our goal is to assist you with your journey through the 21st century’s industrial revolution and to partner with you in delivering world-class value to your customers and shareholders.

We are proud to design and implement financially and ethically responsible artificial intelligence products.

HEALTHCARE

We would be delighted to discuss any of following:
  • Estimation of IBNR (Incurred but not reported) Claim Liabilities, loss ratio and claims utilisation studies, reserving and modelling
  • Assisting, refining and developing pricing methodology and best practices and assessing impact studies, processes for in-force business including experience analysis
  • Various experience formulas and applications including determining appropriate stop loss rates, demographic and claims experience
  • Forecasting of future premium claims based on various deductibles, environmental changes, regulatory changes, new or generic drug availability, new available procedures as well as risk adjustment enhancements
  • Creating of various models taking into account trends, payment levels and selection issues, advice on amendments to regulations and legislation
  • Post- Retirement Medical Aid Valuations: Performing entire valuations process from start to finish, including data requests, calculations, checking and drafting of the valuation report
  • Working with underwriters and various business units to apply models specific to groups
  • Working with business units to determine where new business rate levels should be set, and which renewal increases roll over from existing arrangements
  • Development of a range of risk management and managed care programs to drive claim cost down and improve healthcare outcomes for patients
  • Redesigning and costing of service provider tariffs or reimbursement models
  • Developing dynamic activity-based costing and demand models
  • Interacting on all Health Reinsurance matters including risk sharing arrangements