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"AXIS is our key modeling tool"

Sharon Giffen
President & CEO
Foresters Life Insurance Company
"AXIS is our key modeling tool and has been for the past 15 years. All Canadian and U.S. pricing, reporting and planning is done based on projections from this integrated software set. I can't imagine using or needing any other system!"

"Standard of excellence"

Kevin Ralph, FSA, FCIA
Appointed Actuary
CUMIS Life Insurance Company
"AXIS is a top quality product that we rely on heavily. It is the foundation for all projection work within our company including valuation, business planning, DCAT, sources of earnings and pricing. More impressive to me though, is the quality of staff and customer service at GGY. I have yet to be disappointed with either in my many years of AXIS use and I have frequently cited GGY as a standard of excellence in the software business."

"The best actuarial software"

Nazir Valani
Partner, Life Actuarial Practice Leader
KPMG Canada
"AXIS is, by far, the best actuarial software I have used. In addition to its built in flexibility, AXIS offers speed, functionality, integrity, consistency and value. AXIS can meet all the actuarial software needs of a company."

"Our primary software system"

Gary Rose, FSA, MAAA, CLU
Executive Vice President
Lewis & Ellis, Inc.
"After relying on our internal life insurance pricing/projection/valuation software for 40 years, Lewis & Ellis has chosen AXIS to be our primary software system going forward. The combination of AXIS’ flexibility and GGY’s customer support was simply too good to pass up. We view AXIS as being our solution to the increasingly complex demands of the 21st Century."

"Power, versatility and reliability"

Rebecca Rycroft, FSA, FCIA, MAAA
Principal
Oliver Wyman
"As an actuarial consultant to life insurers, I have relied on AXIS for over 15 years to effectively and efficiently meet my clients' varied valuation, pricing and projection modeling needs. AXIS has consistently delivered the power, versatility and reliability I need to support our clients in managing their business, not just running their models."

"Our primary software system"

Lori A. Newberg, FSA, MAAA
Consulting Actuary
Miller & Newberg, Inc.
"Miller & Newberg searched for a system that had proven Principle-Based Approach capability. We looked to the international markets which are ahead in this area. Making the move to AXIS provided a fresh look at how we do things and we found it enabled amazing efficiency. With efficiency came increased opportunity for growth. Our learning curve was dramatically shortened with the personal support of the knowledgeable and responsive associates of GGY."

High Performance Actuarial Software
• Pricing & Product Development
• Planning/Financial Projections
• Valuation for Financial Reporting
• Earnings/Experience Analysis
• Principles-Based Approach
• Asset Liability Management
• Asset/Surplus Adequacy Tests
• Economic Capital
• Current & Projected Stochastics
• Hedge & Projection Analysis

AXIS MultiState Module September 20, 2016

GGY is pleased to announce the official release of the new AXIS MultiState module, effective with AXIS version 2017.03.01. We used an extended Beta testing period for this module to add significant enhancements, including:

  1. The option to perform stochastic decrement projections, which will allow accurate analysis of path dependent product features such as total policy benefit caps, and
  2. A policyholder investment fund, to support fund accumulation features needed for UL and UL combo products.

Introduction of Assumption Sets in AXIS August 18, 2016

Enhancements are coming to AXIS through two new features that will impact how users set up and use liability module Cells. The first enhancement introduces Assumption Sets to the Cell assumption screens, relocating the actuarial assumptions currently found in the Pricing and Reserve Sections, thereby increasing the number of assumption sets supported. Potential timing is Q4 2016. See Knowledge Base article 1975 for more details. The second enhancement introduces new Cell Tags to document and define the intended scope of each Cell. Cell Tags have already been added to AXIS for limited use, as described in Knowledge Base article 1991. A free webinar providing clients with an overview of pending changes about Assumption Sets enhancements was held on August 9, 2016.

New Version Numbering August 16, 2016

Please be advised that we are changing our version numbering system, as we will no longer be following a monthly release scheme with semi-monthly incremental versions. Starting with 20170101, we will be releasing a steady stream of major AXIS releases numbered as 20170101, 20170201, 20170301 and so on. With the aim of releasing versions more frequently, we are no longer associating version numbers with a monthly date and subsequent "incremental" versions are regarded as simply the next release in the stream. The last two digits will be reserved only for special releases that may be required between major versions.

Formula Table Accelerator Permanently EnabledAugust 03, 2016

Starting with AXIS 2017.XX.XX versions released after February 2017, the Formula Tables Accelerator will be permanently enabled for compiling, running and debugging formula tables in AXIS models. This means formula tables will run at the maximum speed. Automatic fallback for any formula table that does not compile in the Accelerator to run in a slower interpreter mode will no longer be available. You will need to perform a review of your AXIS models to ensure that all Formula Table scripts compile in Accelerated mode. The Formula Table Accelerator will also be available for compiling, running and debugging EnterpriseLink AXIS Script Jobs, System Formulas and Dataset Formulas. Please note that the old (interpreter) scripting engine that AXIS used when the Formula Tables Accelerator was not enabled will be fully phased out in February 2018.

Scheduling the Transition to AXIS EnterpriseLink July 27, 2016

The deadline for transitioning remaining clients to AXIS EnterpriseLink has been extended to August 1st, 2017 to allow more flexibility to our valued clients who have yet to embark on the transition effort. Clients running AXIS on a server are required to migrate applications to the full AXIS EnterpriseLink server environment, and users running AXIS on their desktops and laptops will have to use AXIS EnterpriseLink Solo. We have further enhanced the "Transitioning to AXIS EnterpriseLink" guide.

AXIS Support for New Canadian LICAT June 23, 2016

GGY produced a webinar on June 22, 2016 for its Canadian client base on the topic of the new Canadian Life Insurance Capital Adequacy Test being proposed by OSFI, the Canadian federal regulator. In the webinar, we briefly summarized the new LICAT requirements, presented information for AXIS users on AXIS functionality which addresses the Insurance Risk and Market Risk components of the LICAT framework. All GGY Clients are welcome to view the webinar post-event archive where they can find a brief summary of the key messages of that webinar, view the presentation videos, and download AXIS Datasets which can be used to explore the examples that were demonstrated.

Inside AXIS Spring 2016 June 05, 2016

The Spring 2016 issue of Inside AXIS is here. Learn more about our new home with Moody's Analytics, new Assumption Sets, how AXIS is uniquely suited to help clients adopt VM-20 reserving, and more.

Legacy Keys Have Been Discontinued May 02, 2016

The June 2015 release of AXIS (2015.11.02) is the last release to support Legacy Keys. AXIS versions released hereafter will require our User Based Key Licensing System. Contact Michael Pomerantz for more information.

Client Support Portal Changes April 13, 2016

As part of an ongoing initiative to improve our website and provide the highest standard of client support services, we have created a new client support portal. The portal provides a convenient one-window solution, where you can manage your account and files associated with Incident Reports, download software, manage your users and software keys, and get help with any issues you might have. Explore the new GGY Client Support area.


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