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Modeling Tools

Blufftop has developed and distributes software tools in application areas related to actuarial financial modeling.

Table Manager

The Table Manager family of products provides a means of maintaining a collection of actuarial tables.  These products have migrated from version 3 to version 4.  Version 3 used a proprietary file format for the database, while version 4 adopts the XtbML standard developed by the Society of Actuaries in cooperation with ACORD.

Version 3 included a stand-alone application for managing a database of tables, an Excel add-in providing access to the database, and a software API that application developers can use to integrate tables into other software.  Version 4.0 only included the Excel add-in, but version 4.5 includes all of the components included in Version 3, and also adds support for new types of tables.

EconSML

The EconSML family of products provides access to collections of economic scenarios in a standard XML-based file format.  There is a software API for reading and writing EconSML files, and an Excel add-in that implements the API. Some stand-alone products such as a file translator and file viewer are on the drawing board.

The Blufftop Framework and Modeler's Workbench

 Cash flow projection models are in wide use within insurance companies, and currently emerging regulatory and accounting requirements have turned their use into a staple of actuarial practice.  Several commercial modeling systems are available, but most are still evolving to support these new requirements in an optimal way, or are closed systems that do not allow user customization.  The "Blufftop Framework" refers to a component-based design for open models, and to a model-development platform based on that design.  The design is based on Strommen's 1997 NAAJ paper "An Object-Oriented Design for Dynamic Simulation Models". To read more about it, click here.