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Recent Highlights
Release Date
SQL Server LocalDB Database Link
31 Oct 15
Standalone Debugger For Formula Table Accelerator
31 Oct 15
Heston Model Calibration
15 Oct 15
Improved Dollar Cost Averaging Account Functionality
31 Jul 15
Checks For New Required Components and Unsupported Operating Systems
03 Mar 15
Improvements To System Log And System Log Viewer
31 Jan 15
Improvements to Batch Log Viewer in Job Monitor
31 Jan 15
Formula Tables Profiler
31 Jan 15
Dataset Formula Functions To Automate Setup Of Large Distributed Runs
31 Jan 15
Reinsurance Margin That Reduces Ceded Reserve
14 Nov 14

What's new articles
Changes to Maintained Versions (November 2015)
Important change to AXIS Maintained Versions, starting in November 2015 with version 20159904

AXIS Enhancements For 2014 CIA Revisions To Economic Reinvestment Assumptions (March, 2015)
This article provides a summary of the AXIS enhancements related to the revisions in the Actuarial Standards Board Document 214047 “Final Standards – Revisions to Economic Reinvestment Assumptions within the Practice-Specific Standards on Insurance Contract Valuation: Life and Health (Accident and Sickness) Insurance (Section 2300 and Subsection 1100)” released in May 2014. For each item below, the relevant sections of the CIA Standards are shown in brackets.

Semi Monte-Carlo (July, 2014)
GGY has developed a new variance reduction method for Monte-Carlo simulations for use with real-world and risk-neutral scenario generators. The new method, called Semi Monte-Carlo (SMC), is based on combining numeric integration with Monte-Carlo simulation.

Sobol Sequences (July, 2014)
GGY has introduced an option to use the Quasi Monte-Carlo Sobol sequence instead of random numbers when generating real-world or risk-neutral scenarios with HWLN and G2++ and LN models.

Hull-White & Heston Market Model (July, 2014)
GGY has added a new market model to AXIS: The Hull-White & Heston model. It can be used to generate real-world and risk-neutral stochastic scenarios for Monte Carlo simulation.

Multiple Interest Markets Feature Code Available for Use (December, 2013)
AXIS now allows users to model multiple Interest Rate Markets in a single economic scenario! This functionality was under Beta Feature Code #349, but is now available for use in the 20140501 version of AXIS.

Market Value Details Reports (September, 2013)
This article describes the Market Value Details reports, which are available in AXIS beginning in version 2014.02.02. These reports are a valuable tool that can be used to help reconcile market value calculations in Asset Cells or Reinvestment Cells for any valid projection date or reinvestment date. The reports include cashflows projected on a market value basis, discount rates, the PV of cashflows at these discount rates, and details on the scenario that is referenced if market value cashflows are scenario dependent. An Excel tool and AXIS dataset are attached to illustrate how to reconcile to the Market Value Details reports for a sample bond Asset Cell.

Context Sensitive Assumption Screens (June, 2013)
Assumption screens in AXIS are being reworked to become context sensitive. As a result, some of the input fields will now only be shown in the context in which their values are required.

AAA Economic Scenario Generator (ESG) Model (June, 2013)
This article describes samples of the AAA Economic Scenario Generator (AAA ESG) and AAA Stochastic Exclusion Test datasets (in version 2015.03.01) and how to use them in generating stochastic scenarios. These datasets are attached to this article, and each dataset contains a Dynamic Scenario set, a Scenario Generator, and the sample AAA Economic Scenario Model which generates scenarios for interest rates and equities. The sample model is based on the AAA Economic Scenario Work Group report on the Academy Interest Rate Generator (AIRG) version 7.0.4. As of April 2015, a new version of the AXIS Dataset is attached to this Knowledge Base Article. This new dataset has the random number logic scripted within the User-Defined Market Model (instead of using random numbers generated internally by AXIS) that is identical to the random number algorithm used in the AAA Excel Generator. As a result, AXIS and the AAA Excel Generator will produce identical scenarios. If you need access to an older version of the scenario generator, please contact GGY. There is also a slight modification to the scenario format in the generator associated with AXIS version 2015.03.01: The Money Market, US Intermediate Government, and US Long Term Corporate returns are now mapped to “Bond” markets instead of “Equity” markets. The scenario picking tool functionality has also been added, which allows the user to generate all 10,000 scenarios, but choose only a subset based on the AAA Scenario Picking Methodology.

New Features In The OAD Analyzer (January, 2013)
The OAD Analyzer batch in AXIS has new flexible functionality giving you a very powerful risk management tool within AXIS. The batch can now be used to calculate an Option-Adjusted Spread to calibrate the present value of asset cashflows to their inforce or calculated market values. This OAS can then be used in discounting on the asset and liability side to produce Market-Consistent Option-Adjusted Duration and Convexities for a segment of assets and liabilities. These durations and convexity will be calculated in aggregate. The user-defined partial duration bands have been extended to support up to 12 bands that can extend out to 50 years. This Key rate duration feature in this batch has become a very useful tool for illustrating the granular duration & convexity profile of your assets and liabilities, as well as a powerful risk management tool for monitoring the gaps between them.

Flexible Scenario (November, 2012)
The Flexible Scenario is a new design which allows the user to create a customized scenario based on a particular modeling application. The new design is more flexible, efficient and can hold more information than the existing 29-column Fixed Format Scenario. This article provides an overview of the Flexible Scenario design available in AXIS versions 20130401 and later. Further details about the new design and information on transition of datasets from Fixed Format Scenario to Flexible Scenario can be found in the “Guide for Transitioning From Fixed To Flexible Scenario Format” attached at the end.

GGY AXIS Announces Achievement of Microsoft’s Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner Accreditation (October, 2012)
GGY AXIS is pleased to announce achievement of Microsoft’s Gold Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner accreditation. Attaining this competency demonstrates expertise in developing applications based on Microsoft solutions. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software, and support on Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, Windows 7 and Microsoft cloud services, such partners are equipped to develop innovative solutions to meet their customers’ needs.

Solvency II - Solvency Capital Requirement Development (July, 2012)
This article describes functionality in AXIS that can be used to model Solvency II solvency capital requirements (SCR). The features described in this article are designed to provide support for the standard formula as outlined by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

Mortality Projection Basis Options in Mortality Improvement Table (June, 2012)
This article explains the mortality projection basis options in the Projection Scale, Mort Improve (From Fin Year), and Mort Improve Att Age by Fin Yr tables.

Policy Audit Reports (September, 2011)
This article contains Policy Audit Reports examples and a link to interactive training.

Dataset Comparator (August, 2011)
The powerful new Dataset Comparator tool performs a quick and accurate comparison of two datasets, by scanning all the objects and links between objects in one dataset and matching them to the objects and links in the other dataset. It generates a comparison report presented with an intuitive interface for easy examination of the differences found between objects in one dataset and those same objects in the other dataset.

Mortality Improvement for Canadian Valuation and MCCSR (May, 2011)
This article describes enhancements in AXIS that can be used to incorporate mortality improvement according to recent revisions made to the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ (CIA’s) Standards of Practice and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI’s) Minimum Continuing Capital and Surplus Requirements (MCCSR) Guideline. The enhancements described in this article are in the Regular life module, Universal life module, Participating life module and Annuity module.

Dynamic Target Allocation Table (December, 2010)
AXIS offers a new functionality, introduced in version, that allows the user to vary the target allocation in a Reinvestment Strategy dynamically based on market conditions in the scenario.

Stochastic Log Volatility Market Model (C3 Phase III) (December, 2010)
This article describes the sample AAA SLV Model made available in the attached dataset (version and how to use it in generating stochastic scenarios. The dataset contains a Dynamic Scenario set, a Scenario Generator, and the sample AAA SLV Model which generates interest rate scenarios. The sample model is based on the attached AAA Economic Scenario Work Group report on the Stochastic Log Volatility interest rate scenario generator.

GGY AXIS Announces Support for Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 (September, 2010)
GGY AXIS is pleased to announce support for Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2, released today.

Hedge Projection Module (April, 2010)
GGY proudly announces that the AXIS Hedge Projection Module is now available as part of AXIS 12.6 effective with the April, 2010 release. With this new module, you can simulate a dynamic hedging program within your financial projections of VA and Seg Fund business. Furthermore, the projected statutory reserves and required capital will also reflect the benefits of the projected hedging strategy. Fully integrated within AXIS, the Hedge Projection Module supports pricing, valuation and projection applications incorporating a variety of risks, building on existing AXIS annuity models and adding sophisticated hedge projection capabilities.

DI Decrement Enhanced (April, 2010)
The DI Decrement switch in the General Assumptions section of the Disability Module has been moved to the Pricing Assumptions section and each of the Reserve Assumptions sections. This allows a different treatment of DI Decrement for pricing and various reserving purposes. A new option was also added to this switch so that clients may hold active life reserves for disabled lives in order to meet statutory requirements. This new feature is available in AXIS starting with version

Cell Level Scenario Reserve (February, 2010)
This new feature in the Stochastic Processing module allows policy level reserves to be calculated as a statistical measure of “initial total asset requirement” determined under a selected set of scenarios. Currently, this new feature is available for reserve calculations in the Annuity module.

Enhanced Tax Accounting Basis (October, 2009)
The Taxes section in the Asset and Reinvestment cells have been expanded and renamed to the Tax Accounting Basis section in AXIS version This new feature provides the user additional flexibility for calculating the taxes at the Asset and Reinvestment cell levels by calculating the Tax Accounting Basis in a separate projection.

Multiple Reserves, Required Funds and Financials (October, 2009)
This article describes features related to the new Book Profit Financials in Liability Subfund, Fund and Office. The new features described in this article are available in AXIS starting with version 12502001.

SSAP 43 Retrospective Approach Amortized Cost Basis Method for BondEdge Assets (October, 2009)
The Asset module now offers a new "SSAP 43 retrospective approach" amortized cost basis method in accordance with NAIC reporting.

Valuing Bonds with Embedded Options (August, 2009)
This article explains how bonds with embedded options are priced using the Black-Derman-Toy (BDT) interest rate tree in AXIS.

SSAP 43 Prospective Approach Amortized Cost Basis Method for BondEdge Assets (August, 2009)
The Asset module now offers a new “SSAP 43 prospective approach” amortized cost basis method in accordance with NAIC reporting.

Tax Reserve Formula Section Conversion in the Disability Module (June, 2009)
In the Disability module, the Tax reserve formula section which allows the tax reserve to be calculated as a combination of the Stat reserve, the Second reserve and the unearned premium, has been removed. In its place, the Reserve processing option switch now has the options shown in this article. This conversion has opened up the ability to add new functionality to the Disability module.

Portfolio Earned Rate Asset Base and the Cause of Warning Message #3715 (June, 2009)
This article describes the different asset base definitions in portfolio earned rate calculation, and what causes warning message #3715.

Dynamic Reinvestment Strategy (April, 2009)
This article shows how to use the Reinvestment category formula table in Asset/Reinvestment cells to apply dynamic reinvestment strategy.

2005 Seg Fund Guarantee Capital Model (March, 2009)
This article describes the “2005 Seg Fund Guarantee Capital Model” (hereon referred to as “the Model”) and how to use AXIS Script functions to create a User Defined Stochastic Generator in AXIS (version in Fixed Scenario Format and version 2013.09.01 in Flexible Scenario Format). A sample AXIS Dataset containing the Model is attached.

2008 MCCSR Seg Fund Capital Requirements (February, 2009)
OSFI revised the rules for segregated fund guarantee capital requirements, effective for 2008 year-end. Both the Annuity Module and Stochastic Processing module have been enhanced to assist in the determination of the segregated fund guarantee capital requirement.

Scenario-Linked Yield Spread Table (December, 2008)
Starting with version, AXIS now offers the functionality that allows you to apply scenario-dependent yield spread tables as adjustments to arrive at the Adjusted Yield Curve.

AXIS/BONDEDGE Link Functionality for Mortgage-Backed Securities (August, 2008)
GGY Inc. and Interactive Data Fixed Income Analytics have joined forces to offer an exciting new feature that enables you to seamlessly access Interactive Data's BondEdge cash flow engine from within AXIS. BondEdge, a sophisticated fixed income analytical tool widely used by investment managers, is capable of generating scenario-dependent cash flows and market values for structured finance assets such as mortgage-backed securities. This new feature is available in AXIS starting with the August 2008 release.

Result Comparator Enhanced (August, 2008)
The Result Comparator compares exported data, and it can also compare stored cell results. It is a useful tool that enables you to automatically detect changes in projections and other results, instead of looking at the exported data or manipulating it outside of AXIS.

AXIS Expands Use of Category Reports (February, 2008)
New and powerful applications of Category Reports have been introduced in AXIS 12.2 to increase your flexibility in building customized Calendar Year Reports and to enable more control over the runtimes and storage impact of AXIS batches according to their purpose.

Enhanced Stochastic Processing Released (February, 2007)
Both the regular Block processing and the new Embedded Scenario Processing features have been further enhanced with the release of AXIS 12. And now the beta has been removed from the Stochastic Processing module.

Introduction of Reserve Method Objects (February, 2007)
AXIS 12 marks another significant step forward in terms of convenience and control with the introduction of the new Reserve Method object in all of the liability modules of AXIS.

More Features Added to GridLink (February, 2007)
Coincident with the release of AXIS 12.0 in February, 2007, a new version of GridLink has also been released with two exciting new features: Active Backup Functionality and System Batch Support.

Multiple Life Joint Life Policies in Universal Life (February, 2007)
In the February, 2007 release of AXIS 12.0 new functionality to support the valuation and modeling of in force multiple life joint life policies including up to 10 lives was added to the Universal Life module.

Risk Classes and Rules Tables (February, 2007)
With the release of AXIS 12 in February 2007, the beta has been removed from the functionality in AXIS supporting Risk Classes and Rules Tables, allowing these powerful new objects to be used by anyone, without special feature code authorization.


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