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Question 1 of 20
1. Question
Which of the following is not true regarding the collective risk model?
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The collective risk model is the main model that is being used in nonlife insurance. The individual risk model mostly focuses on the number of risks in the book but the main objective or idea of the collective risk model is to shift the focus from the risks to the losses. In the collective risk model, the number of risks and the individual probability of loss and severity of loss in each risk are completely ignored. There is an assumption that there will always be a number N of losses in each particular year wherein the N is a discrete random variable.
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The collective risk model is the main model that is being used in nonlife insurance. The individual risk model mostly focuses on the number of risks in the book but the main objective or idea of the collective risk model is to shift the focus from the risks to the losses. In the collective risk model, the number of risks and the individual probability of loss and severity of loss in each risk are completely ignored. There is an assumption that there will always be a number N of losses in each particular year wherein the N is a discrete random variable.

Question 2 of 20
2. Question
Which of the following is the purpose of risksharing in risk modeling?
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The purpose of risk sharing is to be able to spread the risk among other things involved. The one called reinsurer is the principal or direct insurer who is responsible for passing on some of the risks to another insurance company. It would allow the direct insurer to purchase insurance from the reinsurer. Furthermore, the direct insurer may structure the policy that the policyholder is responsible for by including a deductible or policy excess on the conditions of the cover.
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The purpose of risk sharing is to be able to spread the risk among other things involved. The one called reinsurer is the principal or direct insurer who is responsible for passing on some of the risks to another insurance company. It would allow the direct insurer to purchase insurance from the reinsurer. Furthermore, the direct insurer may structure the policy that the policyholder is responsible for by including a deductible or policy excess on the conditions of the cover.

Question 3 of 20
3. Question
How should the insurer deal with a situation in which individual losses are modeled by a Pareto random variable?
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Some situations should be dealt differently and one best example of this situation is a situation in which individual losses are modeled by a Pareto random variable X with parameters chosen so that the monetary unit is the expected loss for convenience. This type of situation could be dealt with by the insurer needing to write policies that would cover such losses with an individual excess of D per loss; the policyholder would submit a claim on any loss which would exceed D.
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Some situations should be dealt differently and one best example of this situation is a situation in which individual losses are modeled by a Pareto random variable X with parameters chosen so that the monetary unit is the expected loss for convenience. This type of situation could be dealt with by the insurer needing to write policies that would cover such losses with an individual excess of D per loss; the policyholder would submit a claim on any loss which would exceed D.

Question 4 of 20
4. Question
ABC Corporation believes that their large losses are either overrepresented or underrepresented so they requested the adjustment. Their large losses amounted to $20M for the 10year data set. Believing that it is a 5 in 100 events, how much would be added back to the amount of the burning cost?
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Adjustments for large losses is one of the steps of the burning cost methodology. There would be an adjustment if we believe that the large losses are either overrepresented or underrepresented in the data set. In the situation of the ABC corporation, they have large losses of $20M for the 10year data set, therefore affecting constant exposure of $2M on the burning cost. They believe that it is a 5 in 100 events so we will remove that loss and add back the amount to the burning cost by dividing 5 over 100 which would be equal to 0.05 then it would be multiplied to the $20M large losses to get the value of $1,000,000.
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Adjustments for large losses is one of the steps of the burning cost methodology. There would be an adjustment if we believe that the large losses are either overrepresented or underrepresented in the data set. In the situation of the ABC corporation, they have large losses of $20M for the 10year data set, therefore affecting constant exposure of $2M on the burning cost. They believe that it is a 5 in 100 events so we will remove that loss and add back the amount to the burning cost by dividing 5 over 100 which would be equal to 0.05 then it would be multiplied to the $20M large losses to get the value of $1,000,000.

Question 5 of 20
5. Question
Which of the following statements is one of the additional difficulties that may emerge in the application of the collective risk model to motor fleet losses?
I. In the situation that a vehicle crashes too badly, it will need to be written off and will therefore not be able to have a further loss.
II. If there are significant changes in the insurance, the approach would be to price the policy to a certain size and just adjust the final premium at the end of the policy.
III. The vehicles that are included in the motor insurance may be removed or added to the fleet for several reasons.
IV. A motor loss that normally has several components might need to be modeled all together to get more reliable information.Correct
If the details of the application of the collective risk model to motor fleet losses are seen closely, it could be seen that some additional difficulties may emerge. In motor fleet losses, every vehicle can have losses more than one, but in the situation that a vehicle crashes too badly, it will need to be written off and will therefore not be able to have further loss as the underlying fleet of the insurance will be changed and so the overall risk changes that would make the initial model invalid. The vehicles that are included in the motor insurance may be removed or added to the fleet for several reasons. In practice, If there are significant changes in the insurance, the approach would be to price the policy to a certain size and just adjust the final premium at the end of the policy. The motor loss insurance normally has several components that might require the separate modeling of each component.
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If the details of the application of the collective risk model to motor fleet losses are seen closely, it could be seen that some additional difficulties may emerge. In motor fleet losses, every vehicle can have losses more than one, but in the situation that a vehicle crashes too badly, it will need to be written off and will therefore not be able to have further loss as the underlying fleet of the insurance will be changed and so the overall risk changes that would make the initial model invalid. The vehicles that are included in the motor insurance may be removed or added to the fleet for several reasons. In practice, If there are significant changes in the insurance, the approach would be to price the policy to a certain size and just adjust the final premium at the end of the policy. The motor loss insurance normally has several components that might require the separate modeling of each component.

Question 6 of 20
6. Question
. What is the rationale why the job of pricing actuaries became a hard and complex part of insurance?
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The job of pricing actuaries would be much easier for the insurers if they could remain oblivious to everything except the portfolio of risks that they have to price. However, the price of the insurance and even the pure cost of risk is linked to the numerous factors that are out of the control of the individual or the company that wishes to transfer the risk and to the company that takes this risk.
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The job of pricing actuaries would be much easier for the insurers if they could remain oblivious to everything except the portfolio of risks that they have to price. However, the price of the insurance and even the pure cost of risk is linked to the numerous factors that are out of the control of the individual or the company that wishes to transfer the risk and to the company that takes this risk.

Question 7 of 20
7. Question
Which of the following is not an example of how changes in legislation and court decisions may decrease the frequency and severity of claims?
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The changes in the legal environment could either increase or decrease the frequency and severity of claims. It may increase the frequency and severity of claims by extending the scope of compensation or by introducing new counts of liability. Allowing the possibility of nowin, nofee claims in the late 1990s became a reason for opening the floodgates to a large number of claims is an example of an increase while all of the other choices are an example of a decrease of frequency and severity of claims.
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The changes in the legal environment could either increase or decrease the frequency and severity of claims. It may increase the frequency and severity of claims by extending the scope of compensation or by introducing new counts of liability. Allowing the possibility of nowin, nofee claims in the late 1990s became a reason for opening the floodgates to a large number of claims is an example of an increase while all of the other choices are an example of a decrease of frequency and severity of claims.

Question 8 of 20
8. Question
Which of the statements is true regarding the premium calculation principles?
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There are several other premium calculation principles available that could be used as an alternative principle, in particular, one or two based on an adjustment to the distribution function of the risk which produces a weighted version of the original density function wherein the weight decreases as x increases, producing a density with fatter tails than it had originally.
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There are several other premium calculation principles available that could be used as an alternative principle, in particular, one or two based on an adjustment to the distribution function of the risk which produces a weighted version of the original density function wherein the weight decreases as x increases, producing a density with fatter tails than it had originally.

Question 9 of 20
9. Question
Which of the following is the purpose of the excess amount in the personal lines insurance?
I. It discourages the reporting of immaterial claims.
II. It discourages petty claims.
III. It benefits the insured as the excess amounts reduce the premium.
IV. It benefits the insurer as it will give a higher amount for pricing.Correct
The purpose of the excess amount in the personal lines insurance is to discourage reporting of small claims which helps in decreasing the cost of managing the claims. Also one of its purposes is to discourage petty claims. One of the good purposes of the excess amount is in the point of view of the insured as it keeps both the compensation and the costs low so the premium is reduced.
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The purpose of the excess amount in the personal lines insurance is to discourage reporting of small claims which helps in decreasing the cost of managing the claims. Also one of its purposes is to discourage petty claims. One of the good purposes of the excess amount is in the point of view of the insured as it keeps both the compensation and the costs low so the premium is reduced.

Question 10 of 20
10. Question
Which of the following are examples of short term risk models?
I. Personal risk model
II. Individual risk model
III. Aggregate risk model
IV. Independent risk modelCorrect
Short term risk models are a representation of risk over a fixed period. Two of the popular models that have always been discussed are both examples of short term risk models. One of the short term models is the individual risk model which has a portfolio that consists of a fixed number. Another short term model is the collective risk model or also known as the aggregate risk model where successive claims from the portfolio were modeled as an independent.
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Short term risk models are a representation of risk over a fixed period. Two of the popular models that have always been discussed are both examples of short term risk models. One of the short term models is the individual risk model which has a portfolio that consists of a fixed number. Another short term model is the collective risk model or also known as the aggregate risk model where successive claims from the portfolio were modeled as an independent.

Question 11 of 20
11. Question
Why is it important that we look beyond the mean and variance of the random sum?
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It is important to look beyond the mean and the variance of the random sum because there are circumstances when other kinds of behavior would be a concern such as its tail behavior which would require the use and consideration of the whole distribution of the random sum S.
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It is important to look beyond the mean and the variance of the random sum because there are circumstances when other kinds of behavior would be a concern such as its tail behavior which would require the use and consideration of the whole distribution of the random sum S.

Question 12 of 20
12. Question
At a very high level, which of the following is a step in the pricing process?
I. Assume the risk that has the possibility of arising
II. Estimating the cost of taking on the risk
III. Taking into account the cost of running a business
IV. Adding of allowances for the doubtful accounts which requires input from the capitalCorrect
At a very high level in the pricing process, it consists of several steps: First is familiarizing the risk with the insured business. Then, with the given information on claims, exposure, and cover, the cost of taking on the risk would be estimated. The fourth step is taking into account the related cost of running the business and investment income. The fifth step is the addition of allowance for profit, thus obtaining the technical premium, and lastly, based on the technical premium and commercial considerations, the actual premium to be charged would be determined.
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At a very high level in the pricing process, it consists of several steps: First is familiarizing the risk with the insured business. Then, with the given information on claims, exposure, and cover, the cost of taking on the risk would be estimated. The fourth step is taking into account the related cost of running the business and investment income. The fifth step is the addition of allowance for profit, thus obtaining the technical premium, and lastly, based on the technical premium and commercial considerations, the actual premium to be charged would be determined.

Question 13 of 20
13. Question
Despite the limitations of the elementary pricing process, what are the good reasons why it made sense to dwell in this riskcosting process?
I. This approach is the basis used by many underwriters and risk managers in looking at risk assessment.
II. This approach makes it easier for the risk managers to use as it does not have complex processes and steps to follow.
III. This approach provides a broad feel for what the risk is like and a sense check on any subsequent actuarial analysis.
IV. This approach increases the knowledge and critical thinking of the risk managers in assessing the risks.Correct
Despite the limitation of only focusing on the aggregate information of the claims, there are good reasons why it made sense to dwell on it. There are two reasons why it is being used; The first reason is that it is actually the basis on which many underwriters and risk managers look at risk and the second reason is that this approach provides a broad feel to the risk managers of what the risk is like and a sense check on any subsequent actuarial analysis.
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Despite the limitation of only focusing on the aggregate information of the claims, there are good reasons why it made sense to dwell on it. There are two reasons why it is being used; The first reason is that it is actually the basis on which many underwriters and risk managers look at risk and the second reason is that this approach provides a broad feel to the risk managers of what the risk is like and a sense check on any subsequent actuarial analysis.

Question 14 of 20
14. Question
ABC Corporation has a total of $349,900 losses as a result of the corrections made by the exposures and inflation of claims over the period of 2012 to 2019. Assuming that the availed insurance can only ensure 80% of the losses and 20% of the premium would cover the expenses, what would be the expected ceded losses plus expenses?
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The expected ceded losses of 279,920 that are computed by multiplying total losses to the percentage of available insurance will be divided by 80% to get the total expected ceded losses plus expenses of $349,900. The 20% premium for covering the expenses would now be writtenoff.
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The expected ceded losses of 279,920 that are computed by multiplying total losses to the percentage of available insurance will be divided by 80% to get the total expected ceded losses plus expenses of $349,900. The 20% premium for covering the expenses would now be writtenoff.

Question 15 of 20
15. Question
What will be the outcome if the conditional expectation formula is added to the conditional variance formula?
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The formula of a conditional expectation is E [E [X │ W]]= E [X] while the formula of conditional variance is Var [X]=E [Var [X │ W]] + Var [E [X │ W]]. When adding the terms of the conditional expectation formula, it will be easy to detect that the righthand side of the conditional variance formula is equal to the lefthand side.
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The formula of a conditional expectation is E [E [X │ W]]= E [X] while the formula of conditional variance is Var [X]=E [Var [X │ W]] + Var [E [X │ W]]. When adding the terms of the conditional expectation formula, it will be easy to detect that the righthand side of the conditional variance formula is equal to the lefthand side.

Question 16 of 20
16. Question
Which of the following statements are correct?
Statement 1: The notation is commonly used for the expected value of a random variable X.
Statement 2: Cumulative distribution function is also known as a continuous functionCorrect
Both statements are wrong because, in the first statement, the notation Fx should be described as a nondecreasing and right continuous function. The notation that is commonly used for the expected value of a random variable x is the notation Ex. The second statement is also wrong as it should be a probability density function instead of a cumulative distribution function as it is the one known as a continuous function.
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Both statements are wrong because, in the first statement, the notation Fx should be described as a nondecreasing and right continuous function. The notation that is commonly used for the expected value of a random variable x is the notation Ex. The second statement is also wrong as it should be a probability density function instead of a cumulative distribution function as it is the one known as a continuous function.

Question 17 of 20
17. Question
What is the best reason why the use of the statistical software package R is significant in risk modeling?
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Statistical software package R is a system used in carrying out the simulations, statistical analyses, and numerical approximations of random variables. It has a variety of packages that are available wherein users can find a diversity of codes, functions, and features that are designed to be equipped with a large amount of programming and analytical tasks. It is used with the assumption that the user is familiar with how R works and with its basic commands.
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Statistical software package R is a system used in carrying out the simulations, statistical analyses, and numerical approximations of random variables. It has a variety of packages that are available wherein users can find a diversity of codes, functions, and features that are designed to be equipped with a large amount of programming and analytical tasks. It is used with the assumption that the user is familiar with how R works and with its basic commands.

Question 18 of 20
18. Question
According to the illustration of a normal distribution, which of the following indicates the properties of a normal distribution?
I. It shows that in a normal distribution graph, the total area under the curve is 2
II. It shows that in a normal distribution, the curve in the center is symmetric
III. It shows that in a normal distribution, the mean and median are greater than the mode
IV. It shows that in a normal distribution, the area from the center to the right is equal to the area from the center to the leftCorrect
The properties of a normal distribution are:
The mean, median, and mode have all the same value
The curve in the center of the graph is symmetric
The area from the center to the right and from the center to the left is equal
The total area under the curve is 1Incorrect
The properties of a normal distribution are:
The mean, median, and mode have all the same value
The curve in the center of the graph is symmetric
The area from the center to the right and from the center to the left is equal
The total area under the curve is 1 
Question 19 of 20
19. Question
Which of the following is true regarding the possibilities in different degrees that an event would occur?
I. It is called a certain event if the likelihood of the occurrence of the event is sure and its probability is 1
II. It is called a possible event if the occurrence of the event would not happen at all and its probability is 1
III. It is called an impossible event if the occurrence of the event would not happen at all and its probability is 0
IV. The probabilities of all events that would or would not occur lie between 0 and 1Correct
Probability is focused on analyzing the likelihood of occurrence of an event. There are two possibilities which are called a certain event and an impossible event. A certain event has a probability of 1 which implies that the likelihood that event would occur is sure. An impossible event has a probability 0 which implies that the occurrence of the event would not happen. The probabilities of all the events would just be either 0 or 1 which implies that the event would or would not occur.
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Probability is focused on analyzing the likelihood of occurrence of an event. There are two possibilities which are called a certain event and an impossible event. A certain event has a probability of 1 which implies that the likelihood that event would occur is sure. An impossible event has a probability 0 which implies that the occurrence of the event would not happen. The probabilities of all the events would just be either 0 or 1 which implies that the event would or would not occur.

Question 20 of 20
20. Question
Which of the following are examples of transforms?
I. Probability generating functions
II. Variance generating functions
III. Moment generating functions
IV. Cumulant generating functionsCorrect
Both probability generating functions and moment generating functions are an example of transforms. Transforms are used for the calculation that involves the sum of independent random variables. Probability generating function is described as a series of presentation of probability mass function of a discrete random variable while moment generating function is used as an alternative route to analytical results instead of working directly with probability density function or cumulative distribution function.
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Both probability generating functions and moment generating functions are an example of transforms. Transforms are used for the calculation that involves the sum of independent random variables. Probability generating function is described as a series of presentation of probability mass function of a discrete random variable while moment generating function is used as an alternative route to analytical results instead of working directly with probability density function or cumulative distribution function.
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