Author Archives: DW

Interview with Me

I did an hour-long interview with Nick Lamparelli for his Profiles in Risk podcast. Nick and I met when he commented on this very blog a few years ago, an experience that he says inspired him to engage with social … Continue reading

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Burnout

A couple of years ago I (once again) swore off exams and this past January I (once again) broke that promise. I started studying for CAS Exam 7. There wasn’t a lot of room for this. I had a pretty … Continue reading

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Disruption In Insurance

My latest on insnerds.com. Here is the intro: For any company, it’s good to be relentlessly focused on the customer: success means knowing what they want and delivering that with discipline and low prices. Or maybe not! The amazing thing … Continue reading

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Me on Pod-listening

At insnerds: So back to Tyler’s question: listening fast does increase my talking speed because I’m just used to it. But this is a bad, bad habit. Why do we converse at 1x anyway? I say that thisis the speed limit of talking, … Continue reading

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Study Tips – How To Be Awesome in 10 Steps

My latest for insnerds. Here’s the intro: I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with professional exams since starting my career. I’ve done CFA exams and actuarial exams (CFA are easier.. just). I’ve passed exams; I’ve failed exams. I’ve panicked in … Continue reading

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I Blogged Elsewhere

I was asked by a reader to post for a neat insurance media startup, insnerds.com. Somehow an organization with nerds in the name didn’t have any actuaries involved. Well, I’m happy to put an end to that! Here is my contribution. … Continue reading

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Big Company, Small Company

Some time ago I was toying with the idea of opening a retail franchise. Now, I didn’t know a thing about retail, but I remembered one of my marketing professors was a retail specialist, so I emailed him. He suggested a … Continue reading

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