The online seminar is an on-demand intensive exam prep seminar for SOA Exam - Life Financial Management - US. When you register for the seminar you will gain access to the following items (except as noted) from the day you register for 6 months.
Learn Key Concepts
- 50+ hours of comprehensive video lessons covering the entire syllabus
- Highly detailed study manual organized in the same sequence as the video lessons
- TIA-unique quizzes built into each lesson covering quantitative topics
- Supplementary practice Excel files for lessons containing quantitative topics
- Visuals, graphics, and examples that simplify complex information, making it easier to retain
- Handouts for every video lesson
- Tips and strategy to help you learn the format of the exam
Practice & Review
- 150+ multi-part numeric practice problems
- Full-length practice exams provided in the new Word/Excel CBT format
- 600+ drill problem style flashcards in digital and printable formats
- Condensed outlines in addition to detailed study manual and lesson handouts
- Detailed breakdown of relevant past SOA questions going back to the early 2000s
- Detailed solutions to years of past sittings of SOA questions
Features & Support
- Complete study schedule and time tracking features
- Full-time instructor support by email and course forum with 1000s of answered questions
- Stream and save videos for offline viewing with our Learn app for iOS and Android
- Flashcards app for iOS and Android
- Watch videos in variable speeds up to 2x
- All PDFs are DRM-free and print-friendly
A Modern Learning Platform
- Lessons, practice problems, flashcards, sample exams, and more all scheduled to have you ready on exam day
- Tasks scheduled only on the days you plan to study
- Create your own custom tasks
- Miss a day? Your schedule will automatically redistribute all your remaining tasks
J. Eddie Smith IV
Eddie is the Director of SOA Exams at The Infinite Actuary and has helped thousands of rising actuaries prepare for their exams. He has been an instructor on the SOA's ILA track since 2007 and has an extensive background in life and annuity products. Before joining The Infinite Actuary full time in 2012, Eddie worked in a variety of actuarial areas, including asset-liability modeling, valuation, and experience studies.
Eddie currently serves on the SOA's Actuary of the Future Section council and formerly chaired the SOA's Technology Section. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in economics and holds a master's degree in economics from NC State University. After grad school, Eddie rapidly passed his exams and became a fellow in 2007. ... read more
Beyond Eddie's passion for helping actuaries pass difficult fellowship exams, he enjoys being a dad, fitness, reading, writing, travel, and watching college football. He lives with his wife and two children in Greenville, SC.
Comprehensive video lessons covering the entire syllabus that simplify complicated info into more understandable terms and illustrate important concepts through examples and graphics.
Download printable PDF covering all of the syllabus readings, along with examples and instructor commentary that simplifies difficult concepts and builds links to other readings on the syllabus. Also available in a condensed format for review.
Active dedicated course forum loaded with existing questions and answers on syllabus material and past SOA exam questions. Instructors and our Support Team try to ensure everyone's questions are answered in a timely manner.
This course includes highly detailed solutions to every question on past exams going back years. The solutions are designed to provide as much instructional value as possible, allowing you to get more out of published SOA Exams. ?
Take our videos with you everywhere you go and don't worry about a data cap or WiFi signal. Use the TIA Study app on your mobile device to download lessons or solutions videos and have them right at your fingertips. ?
Watch our lessons and video solutions at your pace! When watching our videos on a desktop or our Learn App you can select the speed that makes the most sense for you. The variable speed increases all the way up to 2x.
Just want to listen to our lessons? We have you covered! Now when you download the TIA Study app on an iOS or Android device, you can start a video and simply lock your device and the audio will continue to play.
The Today viewing TIA Study will let you know exactly what you need to do each day in order to stay on schedule, and it will automatically redistribute your tasks as your schedule adjusts over time.
This course offers digital flashcards written in a "Q&A" style to facilitate recalling information for exam-oriented questions. They are available in the Review tab of TIA Study. The app will download all the flashcards for the course to your device so you can study at a moments notice!
You're never alone with The Infinite Actuary. Get help from your instructor and assistants in our online forum. Anything else you need help with, not related to the course material, just reach out to our customer service team and they will get your questions answered!
Life happens, and despite your hard work, you may fail an exam. If that happens to you, we offer one free 6 month extension for this online course. Once you activate your extension, you will have 6 months access to the entire course again. Learn more about our extension policy here. ?
What others are saying
Hi Eddie, just want to send a personal thanks to you and your team for all the hard work in creating amazing ILA videos and manuals. I managed to pass all my FSA exams on my first attempt using only your videos (and manual when needed). You are spectacular at what you do, and I'm so happy I had such a fun instructor get me through some seriously dry material at times.Arif A. Khalil Actuary at TIAA
I used TIA to help me pass the three FSA exams on the ILA track. The online seminars provided an efficient way to study. The instructors are very knowledgeable and respond quickly to questions. I highly recommend TIA to anyone taking actuarial exams.Beth Neas
I am happy to report that using TIA for both ILA-LP & ILA-LFV-U helped me to earn 10s on both exams. I don't think the reality of being finished with actuarial exams has fully set in yet. Just yesterday it occurred to me that I will be able to watch football this fall without feeling like I should be studying instead (for the first time in years).Collin Christovich Life Projections Actuary
TIA made an invaluable contribution towards helping me pass ILA-LP & ILA-LFVU. Eddie does an exceptional job at simplifying the vast syllabus material into a digestible format. Also, the interactive forum and timely e-mail support are excellent ways to further delve into specific problem topics. Truly a comprehensive package!Nikhil Asnani Actuary, Guardian Life Limited
I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for the material you and TIA put out. I used TIA for all 3 exams so you've been the narrator of my exam life for the last 2 years! I passed all 3 on the first attempts only using TIA, so I think that speaks volumes as to the quality of material Eddie and Zak put out. Thank you so much for all the knowledge you've helped impart!Max Kelley Senior Actuarial Associate at MetLife
I passed LFV on the first try with a 10. I had never used TIA before. Did ASM for MLC and passed with a 6. Then I used another company's product for ERM and failed my first ever actuarial exam. Stayed with it because didn't want to pay and passed. Immediately after switched to TIA and passed both LP and LFV on first try. Your are really great. You made it very interesting and kept my attention with your jokes/little clips.David
Eddie, thank you for all your help with LFV. TIA played a critical role in helping me pass LFV on my 1st attempt. The online forum is great place to post questions and read old posts related to syllabus. You were active on the forum and answered questions as thoroughly as possible.Huzefa
Eddie, I just wanted to thank you for the absolutely incredible job you've done on the LFV videos. Valuation is a difficult topic for many, but you put in so much effort to make all of your videos easy to follow and very applicable to the exam. You truly have the gift of instruction! I was a bit crunched for time studying, and I didn't expect to pass, but your videos must have made me more prepared than I realized. You get the main substance across so well.Natalya
I passed! Just wanted to thank you for not only your online seminar, but for the care you took in your responses when I had questions regarding the material.Sean
Eddie, I passed. Thanks so much for your help and support. Couldn't have done it without our conversations. I'm done with exams now and TIA had a lot to do with it. I used you guys from P all the way through.Dylan
Eddie, just wanted to thank you: I passed both my FSA exams on the first attempt using TIA (and having you as my teacher). You were incredibly helpful and always quick to reply to my many questions.Julie
Eddie, I just want to thank you so much for your help with my ILA exams (both of them). Thank you for your professionalism. Your timely responses and accurate explanations helped me a lot with the exams.Peter
I've never felt more prepared for an actuarial exam than I did this sitting. Thank you so much for designing such an excellent study tool!Jeff
Frequently Asked Questions
- If I purchase a product, how often can I use it?
- Can I have an extension if I do not take or if I fail the exam?
- I've used other sources and failed. Is there something unique in the online seminar that others haven't provided?
- I am not taking the exam, but it looks like the syllabus contains a lot of information relevant to my job. Do people use the online seminar for non-exam purposes?
- Are your pass rates above average?
- Can I share my account with others?
- The videos aren't working on my personal computer. What can I do?
- The videos will not play on my work PC. What can I do?
- Can I download the videos to my hard drive so that I can view them without an Internet connection?
- Why can I not download the PDFs? I always get an error message or an empty zip file.
- Do I need to buy the study notes and textbooks on the syllabus, too?
- How can I obtain a student discount?
If I purchase a product, how often can I use it?
You can use it as many times as you want up for 6 months after purchase. If you feel that you are weak in a certain section of the syllabus, then watch the segment for that material again. If you want to simulate an intensive review seminar, watch the entire library of lessons for your exam over a four/five day span. It all depends on your preferences and we believe that it is this kind of convenience, coupled with the best instruction, which will produce great results for our users.
Can I have an extension if I do not take or if I fail the exam?
Yes! If you buy the seminar and don't pass or take the exam, then we give you access for a 2nd sitting for free. Even if the syllabus changes you still get a 2nd sitting (6 months of access) with all the updated lessons. See more information about this here.
I've used other sources and failed. Is there something unique in the online seminar that others haven't provided?
Absolutely. Every sitting we work with people from a variety of backgrounds. Some are taking the exam for the first time. Others are taking it again. In some cases they are using a free extension, while in other cases they are using TIA for the first time. Regardless, we have helped many, many people pass after failing in the past. The online seminar contains a wealth of TIA-unique material that you won't find anywhere else. We also have a general list of things to think about changing for your next attempt.
I am not taking the exam, but it looks like the syllabus contains a lot of information relevant to my job. Do people use the online seminar for non-exam purposes?
Yes. We increasingly see people do that very thing. The upper-level exams contain a lot of information relevant to people's work. Of course our products are developed first and foremost the goal of helping people pass the exam, and we don't make any guarantees that our own unique examples are relevant to your actual job and don't assume any responsibility for the application of formulas and methods outlined in the online seminar. But if you're looking for in the first principles and fundamental foundations, there is a great deal of useful information. If you are interested in using the online seminar for this purpose, we recommend contacting us with any questions you might have.
Are your pass rates above average?
Yes. As a company rule, we don't publish specific pass rates by seminar, however. We have found it to be too vulnerable to manipulation, too difficult to compare on an apples to apples basis across companies, and we also just don't think it is a very actionable piece of information. Everyone taking the exam is in a unique situation. Some have work experience. Some are taking it for the first time. Some are using multiple study aids. We also have increasing numbers of people who purchased the online seminar with for on the job training with no intention of taking the exam at all. Unless they notify us by email, we have no idea---but of course their name would never show up on a passing last. We also have many people who use the online seminar in overlapping exam periods. Again, we have found it it is just too difficult and too easy to manipulate a statistic like that, and we want to remain a resource that you can trust.
Can I share my account with others?
No, we do not allow sharing of accounts. Each registered user should take measure to avoid this as he or she has purchased the rights to our videos and associated bandwidth. If non-paying customers clog up our website traffic, it will negatively impact everyone. We also monitor login histories and have the authority to terminate user accounts for this type of abuse. While the gesture of sharing your account information with a friend or coworker may seem innocent, it can have far-reaching negative implications for you and other legitimate users.
The videos aren't working on my personal computer. What can I do?
You can try the suggestions listed here. Likely, these suggestions will solve the problem you are experiencing: (1) Try a different web browser. We suggest using Firefox for the best results with our website. Other browsers will work but make sure you are using the newest version of the browser. (2) Download the newest version of the movie player that you are using (Windows Media Player, Flash or QuickTime). (3) If one movie player does not work, try the other. (4) Test your bandwidth at the following site. Make sure it is at least 700kbps. Bandwidth Place | Internet Speed Test. (5) Clear the CACHE on your computer by clicking the "CTRL" and "F5" buttons at the same time. (6) Try clearing your browsers cookies. How to delete cookies. (7) Make sure your operating system has all its important updates. If you're on a Mac, run Software Update from your Apple menu (or Mac App Store if you're running OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion or newer). If you're on Windows, click the following link. Microsoft Windows Update. (8) If you are using third-party web browsers like Firefox, make sure you're running the latest version. (9) The previous suggestions should help. However, if you are still unable to open the videos please let customer service know what error message you receive and we will be happy to look further into your situation.
The videos will not play on my work PC. What can I do?
Usually, this is the result of your employer's network placing some restrictions in the company's firewall settings. You need to make sure that there is no block placed on the domain ( edgecastcdn.net ) from where our videos are streamed. Many employers will block sites like these to restrict video content from being streamed to their employee's PCs. Edgecast is a Content Delivery Network where we store all of our content. This network distributes our content to multiple servers all across the world so that if any one server goes down, there are plenty of backups in place. Websites like YouTube use their own CDNs and as a result, CDNs are not high on company's approved website lists. Feel free to call Tech Support (877-883-5275) if you need any further help.
Can I download the videos to my hard drive so that I can view them without an Internet connection?
Our videos are only viewable while logged in and connected to the Internet. While we realize the convenience of having all the files on your local drive, it also puts our company's assets at jeopardy. Our instructors spend hours upon hours creating the content for you. It would only take a few students, who illegally share their material with others, to discourage instructors from ever producing any more content. We do try to make our videos as accessible as possible by offering them in three different formats (Windows Media, Flash and QuickTime) and even through devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Given the global accessibility to the World Wide Web, we believe that the majority of the actuarial population will be able to view our videos without trouble. However, we do understand the need to study on the go and that internet access is not always accessible. You have two options: (1) Download the MP3 versions of the lessons and follow along in your notes. (2) Open the TIA site and let the video fully load before you leave, but do not press play. Just close the lid on your laptop and leave the browser open. When you are ready to watch the video just open the laptop and press play.
Why can I not download the PDFs? I always get an error message or an empty zip file.
Some computer networks are configured to not allow opening of zip files directly from an external site. Many of our downloadable files are in zip format. After clicking on the link, you should be given an option to either open or save the file. Try saving the file to your hard drive and then opening the zip file from there. You can also try right-clicking on the link and choosing the "Save Link As" option. If those do not work, then please contact customer service. They will determine if the link is incorrect or the file is missing from its proper location. At the minimum, they can email you the needed files so that you can move on with your studying.
Do I need to buy the study notes and textbooks on the syllabus, too?
We strongly recommend purchasing all source materials. This is simply because in our experience, people who read and reference the source materials in addition to using the online seminar have a higher chance of passing than those that don't. The online seminar is designed to make your use of the source materials much more efficient.
How can I obtain a student discount?
This course is not eligible for a student discount.
Can I purchase my next online seminar without knowing if I passed my last exam?
Yes. If you later find out that you didn't pass your last exam, simply email us at [email protected], and we will pause access to your new online seminar. This will preserve your new online seminar allowing you to study for your last exam again. When you are ready to resume the paused online seminar, just email us, and we will reactivate it. You will have access to all current materials (same as anyone else using the online seminar at that time).