ICFS-Plus: Actuarial Software for the Property and Causality Insurance Industry

ICRFS-Plus™ Demonstration videos and powerpoint slide show


ICRFS-Plus™ is a tour de force of interactive software design and computational speed.

An ICRFS-Plus™ corporate database, which is not difficult to create, enables complete executive oversight. This means that that you will be able to find, with just a few mouse clicks, models and reports for any segment of your business in any country, the actuary modelling that segment of the business, capital allocation by LOB and calendar year, reserve risk charge and underwriting risk charge for the aggregate of LOBs, whether outward reinsurance is effective in respect of reducing retained risk, and more. Creation of an ICRFS-Plus™ database from triangles stored elsewhere or unit record transactional data is also seamless and effortless using COM scripts.


One great benefit of ICRFS-Plus™ is that you can manage and measure all your long tail liability risks with a single composite model. Only one model for each company!


Click here to view an powerpoint presentation overview (about 14Mb) of ICRFS-Plus™


A single composite model measures the reserve, underwriting and combined risks for each LOB and the aggregate.


One double click loads the model and reveals pictorially the volatility structure of each long tail LOB in your company and their inter-relationships (correlation structures). All the critical financial information such as risk capital allocation by LOB and calendar year, and Tail Value-at-Risk for different time horizons can be computed in a matter of seconds. A company-wide report can be created effortlessly with a single report template.


In respect of Solvency II Capital Requirements (SCR), Market Value Margins (Risk Margins) and Technical Provisions (Fair Value of Liabilities), for the aggregate of multiple LOBs, video chapter 5 provides Insureware's solution to the one year risk horizon.


View the videos below to experience the numerous unique benefits and applications afforded by a unique paradigm shift.


Some of the (real) case studies modelled in the videos are also discussed briefly in the ICRFS-Plus™ brochures.


These videos are arranged in logical order so it is important that you view them that way.


If for any reason you are unable to view the training or demonstration videos, please contact our support staff at support@insureware.com and we will arrange to send you a copy of the videos on CD-ROM. You will be able to run the videos from the CD.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction to ICRFS-Plus™

2. Applications of the PTF and ELRF modelling frameworks

    3. The MPTF modelling framework

      4. Capital Management of all long tail liabilities

        5. Solvency II one year risk horizon: SCR, Best Estimate of Liabilities (BEL), Technical Provisions (TP), and Market Value (Risk) Margins (MVM) for the aggregate of long-tail LOBs

          6. Reports

            7. Schedule P

              8. Importing data into ICRFS-Plus and COM Automation

                9. Additional applications of ICRFS-Plus™

                  10. Bootstrap: how it shows the Mack method doesn't work

                    1. Introduction to ICRFS-Plus™

                    1.1 General Introduction

                    1.1.1 Relational database and COM technology

                    The database functionality is demonstrated. Data, models and reports all reside in one relational database that can be configured in any way by the users. Communication between two databases has the same intuitive feel as using Windows Explorer for communicating between two sub-folders. Importation of triangles, from other applications including unit record transactional data, into an ICRFS-Plus™ relational database is effortless using the COM technology.



                    1.1.2 Modelling, paradigm shift and benefits

                    ICRFS-Plus™ is the key to a new innovative paradigm in for measuring and managing long (and short) tail liability risks. The various modules (modelling frameworks) LRT, ELRF, PTF and MPTF of the system are introduced. The critical difference between variability and uncertainty is illustrated with two gambling examples. The numerous benefits and applications afforded by the unique paradigm shift are also described.



                    1.2 The LRT and ELRF modelling frameworks

                    1.2.1 The Link Ratio Techniques (LRT) modelling framework

                    The Link Ratio Techniques (LRT) module is described using the incurred (Mack) array. It can be applied to any incremental or cumulative array. There are numerous choices in selecting and smoothing link ratios (age to age development factors) to any ultimate period. Selected link ratios (methods) can be saved and run at any time to obtain forecasts including Bornheutter Ferguson. The context sensitive help (topic help) is also shown. Demonstration video 5.2 illustrates the flexibility of report templates including post-processing of ICRFS-Plus™ generated tables.



                    1.2.2 The Extended Link Ratio Family (ELRF) modelling framework

                    Weighted average link ratio methods can be regarded as average trends (slopes through the origin), and accordingly are formulated as regression estimators in the ELRF module. The default starting method in the ELRF modelling framework is the so-called Mack Method which is the regression equivalent formulation of volume-weighted-average link ratios. These regression methods (through the origin) are extended to include intercepts, and constant trends across the accident years in the incrementals for each development period. A number of diagnostic tests are provided for identifying the best model in this family. Forecast standard errors are also given.


                    Three mutually exclusive conditions satisfied by data are introduced. For all but one development period the Mack incurred data satisfy condition 1. Even where the development period satisfies condition 2, link ratios do not have any predictive power (for this incurred array). This study is also discussed in the paper "Best Estimates for Reserves".


                    Also see demonstration videos 9.1-9.5 to see how the bootstrap can be used to test whether the Mack (and related) methods work for a dataset.




                    1.3 The Probabilistic Trend Family (PTF) modelling framework


                    The Probabilistic Trend Family (modelling framework) is introduced in this session. Axiomatic trend properties of trends satisfied by every triangle are explained using a simple example. Subsequent to adding process variability to the trend structure, the data are modeled in order to explain a number of statistical concepts. A model is represented by four pictures (graphs); each picture has a simple interpretation. Any three out of the four pictures are meaningless (without the fourth). This study is also discussed in the paper "Best Estimates for Reserves".





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                    Solvency II Capital requirements for each LOB and the aggregate of all LOBs are only met by ICRFS-Plus™ in a sound statistical framework.