Haeworth Robertson The Silver Pendant

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The Silver Pendant

 
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Alan Jameson, a young mathematics teacher in a private high school, decides to change careers and become a life insurance company actuary. Early in his actuarial career he discovers something that could rock the life insurance industry, particularly the esoteric viatical settlements industry. He becomes involved with a sensual stripper who inadvertently helps him solve this intricate murder mystery. An adventure story with a stunning conclusion, authentically told by a real-life actuary.

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Haeworth Robertson has been a practicing actuary his entire career, working with pensions, life insurance, and social insurance. A former Chief Actuary of the U.S. Social Security Administration, in 1981 he wrote The Coming Revolution in Social Security, which foresaw the problems with Social Security and Medicare that are just now becoming widely recognized.

He followed this up with a 1992 book, Social Security: What Every Taxpayer Should Know, and a 1997 book, The Big Lie: What Every Baby Boomer Should Know About Social Security and Medicare. He has lectured widely on the need for social insurance reform and has received many awards for his outreach efforts.

Mr. Robertson has spent much of his life traveling and working abroad. His far-flung work assignments have included countries such as Switzerland, China, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Kuwait, Ghana, Barbados, and the Philippines.

A native of Oklahoma, he holds college degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan, and has attended the University of Pennsylvania and St. John's College-Annapolis. He resides in Washington, DC when not visiting his three children in Alaska, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Review:

This novella by a former chief actuary of the U.S. Social Security Administration illustrates how viatical settlements can be abused. In a viatical settlement, the insured sells a policy on his life for more than its cash surrender value, in effect receiving a reduced death benefit before his death. The purchaser continues to pay the premiums and collects the face amount when the insured dies. This fast-paced story traces the progress of a young actuary in investigating the premature deaths of two men who sold their policies. It ends with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion.

The Silver Pendant is a must for actuaries who would like to read a work of fiction written by an actuary in which the actuary is the hero. --Douglas C. Borton --The Actuarial Digest, Summer 2010

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