The Great Assumptions Debate

Oct. 26, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

Assumptions lie at the heart of actuarial work. Late last year, the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) approved an exposure draft of a proposed actuarial standard of practice (ASOP) that would provide guidance to actuaries setting assumptions.
In this webinar, ASB member Barbara Snyder, ASB Assumptions Task Force Chairperson Maria Sarli, and ASB General Committee member Ralph Blanchard examine key issues raised in comment letters during the exposure process. 

Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 1.8 continuing education (CE) credits and JBEA CPE credits (see below for more information).


  • Barbara Snyder, MAAA, FSA
    Member, Actuarial Standards Board
  • Maria Sarli, MAAA, FSA, EA, FCA 
    Chairperson, ASB Assumptions Task Force
  • Ralph Blanchard, MAAA, FCAS
    Member, ASB General Committee

  • Paul Kollmer-Dorsey
    Academy General Counsel and Director of Professionalism
*The opinions expressed by the panelists during this presentation do not represent the opinions of any of the panelists’ employers or any boards or committees of the Academy or the Actuarial Standards Board or the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline.

Oct. 26, 2017
Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

  • $50 registration fee
  • Government regulators are invited to attend free of charge.
*Special note to eligible Academy volunteers: To qualify for complimentary registration, you must be a member of an Academy committee (including boards, committees, subcommittees, work groups, task forces, etc.) and also be qualified for either a partial or total dues waiver during 2017. Please contact Doreen Hoyle at or 202-223-8196 to register. 
The American Academy of Actuaries believes in good faith that attendance at this live professionalism webinar constitutes an organized activity as defined under the current Qualification Standards for Actuaries Issuing Statements of Actuarial Opinion in the United States, and that attendees may earn up to 1.8 CE credits for attending this live webinar.

We also believe in good faith that Enrolled Actuaries may earn 1.8 CPE core ethics credits under the JBEA rules for attending this live webinar. However, the JBEA ultimately determines what constitutes core, non-core, ethics, or non-ethics continuing education and the number of CPE credit hours allocated to same for enrolled actuaries.

The Academy’s professionalism webinars, offered quarterly, are a popular resource for essential information and CE credits for actuaries from all practice areas. They focus on a wide range of topics, including updates on actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs), interpretation and application of the U.S. Qualification Standards, and the Code of Professional Conduct. Members have free access to archived slides and audio from the Academy’s comprehensive series of webinars.