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ActuarialBrew is dedicated to providing the highest quality actuarial educational materials to students taking the actuarial exams. Our goal is your exam success.


At ActuarialBrew, we focus on:

  • clear explanations of the required material
  • exam-style questions to help you prepare for the exam
  • full detailed solutions so you can learn the material quickly and efficiently.

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The Authors

Joe Francis, FSA, CFA, is the author of several actuarial textbooks and study manuals. As an actuarial educator, Francis has 20 years of experience focusing on Exams FM, MFE, and IFM. He teaches at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he is the Director of the Actuarial Program. Prior to becoming an educator, he was employed in the insurance industry for 15 years, working in many areas, including reinsurance pricing, asset modeling, pensions, and investment management.

Chris Ruckman, FSA, also has 20 years of experience in actuarial education, focusing on Exams FM and MFE. Prior to becoming an actuarial educator, he was employed in the insurance industry for 15 years, where he worked in universal life, reinsurance valuation, corporate planning, and corporate actuarial.