1 03 2009

It was suggested that I do a weekly haiku. I dunno if I can commit to weekly and I don’t think I could produce much in the way of traditional haiku.

So I propose H.A.I.K.U. Harnessing Actuarial Insight Knowledge and Understanding.

Certainly not intended to be a weekly post, but it will get some things off my actuarial chest occasionally.

Today I am immersed in an assignment for my final actuarial subject, Commercial Actuarial Practice. I have been given an “Environment” case study where a theoretical paper manufacturer has decided to develop a timber plantation. My job is to advise them of the financial impacts of climate change on this plantation.

It’s really interesting reading up on climate change and Emissions Trading Schemes and modelling growth of trees and things like that… but it’s due in about 28 hours… I have 4000 words to write… and I’m over it!

The whole idea of this course is teaching actuaries to be better communicators. So I am getting stuck into the report now, even though I haven’t finished all the techy stuff, because I don’t think I will be a very good communicator at 1am in the morning!