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8.1 Assigning a Measure to Likelihood

8.1 Assigning a Measure to Likelihood
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    There is a lot of information that an actuary may use to create a life insurance questionnaire or to set rates. For instance, consider the information below from the American Cancer Society.

    After reviewing the above information, you can understand why a life insurance questionnaire may ask, "Have you ever had cancer?"

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    As long as your answers are kept confidential, I think it is reasonable that you are asked to supply this information. The insurance comes with your employment package. So, the actuaries do not need your information to set an insurance premium. They do need it to estimate how much money to reserve for insurance benefits if an employee dies.

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    Ron Larson (author)1 decade ago |
    Modern life insurance started in the 1600s in England. As you can imagine, setting the premiums involved mathematics and careful analysis of accurate data.