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ISI Announces Wharton Symposium on Financial Reform

January 27, 2011

Keystone, Colorado  (January 27, 2011) – In 2010, the Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) partnered with Professor Kent Smetters of The Wharton School to develop an optimal design for a Systemic Risk Regulator system. The ongoing project examines how the recent economic turmoil exposed gaps in the regulatory system and studies options for constructing an improved [...]


Keystone, Colorado  (January 27, 2011) – In 2010, the Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) partnered with Professor Kent Smetters of The Wharton School to develop an optimal design for a Systemic Risk Regulator system. The ongoing project examines how the recent economic turmoil exposed gaps in the regulatory system and studies options for constructing an improved regulatory model that: 1) can be reliably utilized by those responsible for catastrophic risk management; and 2) can promote financial stability among financially interdependent institutions.

Professor Smetters recently hosted a symposium at The Wharton School, entitled, “Financial Reform: What is it? Will it work?  Why should you care?” The ISI-sponsored project was showcased as one of the core readings and formed the basis for several student-led research projects.

This intensive, five day “mini” course was held January 3 – 7, 2011 and featured content rich in analysis of the Dodd-Frank Act, which virtually rewrites the regulatory landscape of financial services in the United States.  An outstanding array of speakers tackled all angles of this complex subject matter, and presented the issues in an accessible, practical way.

Read the entire press release: ISI Press Release: Wharton Symposium, Jan. 2011

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Published Works

August 1, 2008

Tools & Techniques of Life Settlement Planning Paul Siegert was asked to contribute to the first edition of the National Underwriters publication on Life Settlement.  Life Settlement Planning delivers a “balanced overview of the life settlement market and covers the full spectrum of the business”.  Mr Siegert penned three chapters:  What Are Life Settlements – [...]


Tools & Techniques of Life Settlement Planning

Paul Siegert was asked to contribute to the first edition of the National Underwriters publication on Life Settlement.  Life Settlement Planning delivers a “balanced overview of the life settlement market and covers the full spectrum of the business”.  Mr Siegert penned three chapters:  What Are Life Settlements – History and Evolution; Life Settlement Abuses, Problems and Fraud; and Economics and Risk.  All three chapters are available for your download below.

Chapter 1: What Are Life Settlements? – History and Evolution

Chapter 9: Life Settlement Abuses, Problems and Fraud

Chapter 10: Economics and Risk

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How Substantial Are the Benefits of the Life Insurance Secondary Market for Policyholders, and Insurers?

July 1, 2008

ISI provided a $100,000 grant to launch this research project, conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. This study undertakes an empirical and theoretical analysis of the benefits that a market for life settlements offers to current and prospective policyholders. It further examines the potential effects of life settlements on the economics [...]


ISI provided a $100,000 grant to launch this research project, conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. This study undertakes an empirical and theoretical analysis of the benefits that a market for life settlements offers to current and prospective policyholders. It further examines the potential effects of life settlements on the economics of underwriting life insurance; and, it utilizes its theoretical model to estimate the consequences of regulations that limit life settlements on policyholders’ welfare.

How Substantial Are the Benefits of the Life Insurance Secondary Market for Policyholders, and Insurers?

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Insurance Studies Institute Partners with Boston College

June 16, 2008

Keystone, Colorado ( June 16th, 2008) – The Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) forges a partnership with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR), to study the benefits and impacts of the Life Settlements Market. Read the Press Release: ISI Partners with Boston College


Keystone, Colorado ( June 16th, 2008) – The Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) forges a partnership with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR), to study the benefits and impacts of the Life Settlements Market.

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