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

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to ICRFS-Plus™ 12 and modelling modules

    2. Modelling using the Link Ratio Techniques and Extended Link Ratio Family modelling framework

      3. Introduction to the Probabilistic Trend Family modelling framework

      4. Modelling real data (CTP) in the PTF modelling framework

        5. TG CS5: heteroscedasticity and varying parameters

          6. TG ABC: modelling wizard, simulations, and release of capital as profit

            7. Importing of data from other applications and COM Automation

              8. Further PTF Modelling Examples

                9. Layers and the PALD Module

                  10. Introduction to MPTF

                    11. Clusters and MPTF Concepts

                      12. Capital Management of long tail liabilities

                        13. 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

                          14. Other applications of the MPTF modelling framework

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

                              16. Updates from 10.6 to 11

                                3. Introduction to the Probabilistic Trend Family modelling framework

                                3.1 Introduction to the Probabilistic Trend Family modelling framework, the three directions, and trends


                                The Probabilistic Trend Family (PTF) modelling framework is presented. This is not a method, there is not one model applied to all data, rather a model is identified which is appropriate for the data. That is, the model describes the trend structure by development period, accident period, and calendar period along with the quality of the volatility about the trend structure. The volatility about the trend structure is called process variability. It is an integral part of the model (see this video for why volatility is important).


                                The PTF modelling framework relates all the cells in the triangle in respect of trends. By contrast, in the LRT and ELRF frameworks, each accident period and development period are treated as a separate problem. However, trends do not only occur in accident and development time, they also occur in calendar time. The most important direction for projection in a loss development array is the calendar direction.


                                The properties of calendar trends and their projection into accident and calendar time are discussed. These properties are true for every real triangle.



                                3.2 Modelling M3IR5 in the PTF Framework


                                In this video, the TG M3IR5 is modelled. The data in the triangle was simulated according to the trend structure shown in the previous video. That is, one development period trend and three calendar period trends.


                                The default model in PTF estimates one calendar period trend. Residuals represent the trend in the data minus the trend estimated by the method. Accordingly, the residuals of the default model will indicate three trends in the data.


                                The diagnostic tools, model display, forecast scenario options, and forecast output are discussed.


                                Forecast results include:

                                • Forecast distributions for every cell in the triangle
                                • Forecast distributions for the aggregate of the cells including the total reserve distribution
                                • Calendar payment stream (critical for Enterprise Risk Management)