Catastrophe Insurance Underwriting Profitability: Investigating Company Loss Performance

A team of finance students from Appalachian State University recently completed a months-long consulting project in data analytics with an insurance underwriter. 

AppRISE — Appalachian Risk Initiative for Student Engagement — is an ongoing extracurricular cluster of faculty, students and industry professionals who collaborate on research and consulting assignments in the field of risk management.

AppRISE members who actively participated in the catastrophe underwriting performance project include Omar Gonzalez (project lead), Marcella GianniElizabeth HaithcockShahakar Patel, and Dr. Lori Medders.

Their work culminated in an end-of-year report and presentation to the catastrophe underwriting team and company top management who provided the data for the study.

Catastrophe Insurance Underwriting Profitability is one of four recent competitions for finance, banking and insurance students at App State; the others are: Spencer-RIMS RISK Challenge; UGA's Stock Pitch Competition; and theCFA Research Challenge. Read about all the competitions on the department's webpage: FB&I Students Make the Most of Their Break with Competitive Challenges.

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Published: Feb 5, 2024 3:58pm