This Week, July 30-August 3, 2018

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Recent Academy Activity, July 30–Aug. 3, 2018

Academy Presents at NAIC Summer National Meeting

Academy presentations at the NAIC Summer 2018 National Meeting in Boston are underway, with speakers addressing a variety of topics late this week. Thursday and Friday presentations to NAIC’s Life Actuarial (A) Task Force (LATF) included:

  • Mary Bahna-Nolan, chairperson of the Life Experience Committee, presented an update on the Delphi Study, accelerated underwriting, and VM-51 data elements.

  • Laura Hanson, chairperson of the Life and Health Valuation Law Manual Task Force, gave an update on the development of a new and improved manual, to be released this winter.

  • Donna Claire, chairperson of the Principle-Based Reserve (PBR) Governance Work Group, provided an update on PBR adoption, noting the possibility of future boot camps for regulators or others if sufficient interest exists.

  • Chris Conrad, vice chairperson of the Standard Valuation Law Interest Rate Modernization Work Group, presented an update on that subject.

  • John Miller and Matt Coleman, co-chairpersons of the Annuity Reserves Work Group, presented an update on annuity exclusion test efforts.

  • Paul Navratil, chairperson of the Longevity Risk Task Force, presented an update on the longevity risk field study.

  • Members of the Life Reinsurance Work Group presented an update on reinsurance allocation.

Also at the Friday meetings, Past Academy President Mary D. Miller, Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) Chairperson Beth Fitzgerald, and Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) member Godfrey Perrott provided updates on Academy professionalism activities to LATF and NAIC’s Health Actuarial Task Force.

The Academy will host its usual regulator-only professionalism breakfast and discussion forum tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 4, which will include Miller, Fitzgerald, and Perrott, and Tom Campbell representing the Academy’s Committee on Qualifications. Following that, the Academy will present on professionalism issues to NAIC’s Casualty Actuarial and Statistical Task Force meeting.

The Academy will also release a post-NAIC alert on the meeting later this month, and will host webinars recapping the meeting’s life issues (Aug. 24) and property/casualty issues (Sept. 25).

Reminder: Annual Volunteer Survey Closes Tuesday

The Academy’s annual volunteer survey is open through next Tuesday, Aug. 7. Take advantage of this opportunity to express your interest in volunteering for many Academy committees, including the ASB and the ABCD. Join your colleagues in service to the Academy, the profession, and the public by contributing to the delivery of independent, objective, and nonpartisan information to policymakers. Take the survey today, or visit the members-only section of the Academy’s website. If you have questions about volunteering or about the survey, please email or call 202-223-8196.

Academy Election—Email Notifications to Be Sent Tuesday

Academy members should receive an email from Intelliscan, our election vendor, next Tuesday, Aug. 7, announcing that information regarding election of regular directors for the Academy Board will be sent later this month. These emails will come from; please add this address to your safe senders list and/or check your junk-mail folder after Aug. 7 to make sure you have received it. We encourage members to take part in electing the newest leaders of the Academy who will help us fulfill our mission to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession.

Academy Comments on Final Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Rule

Academy Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello commented on the final rule released Wednesday by the Trump administration on short-term, limited-duration insurance. Uccello noted that higher Affordable Care Act (ACA) premiums will likely result if younger and healthier individuals move away from ACA-compliant coverage and opt for such plans. Read the Academy alert.

Actuaries Climate Index Fall 2017 Data Released

The five-year moving average of the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI), co-sponsored by the Academy, reached 1.19 in fall 2017, a new record, according to data released this week. The seasonal ACI value increased to 2.00 from the previous level of 1.59, and the five-year moving average rose to a record 1.19, from the previous record of 1.14.

Academy Facilitates Multidisciplinary Dialogue on Big Data at Statistical Conference

Dorothy Andrews, vice chairperson of the Academy’s Big Data Task Force, chaired a panel Thursday at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Vancouver, British Columbia, on “Big Data: Ethical and Professional Challenges from the Perspective of Actuaries, Data Scientists and Statisticians.” The panel, organized by the Academy, highlighted the task force’s June monograph, Big Data and the Role of the Actuary. The JSM—a joint international conference of 10 statistical associations—had more than 6,500 participants this year.

‘Magic School Bus’ Orders Continue to Roll In

More than 1,600 copies of the Academy-sponsored Magic School Bus Takes a Risk: A Book about Probability have gone out to individuals and organizations since its release in June. Our custom-designed book shows grade-school children how actuaries use math skills to bring them on amazing journeys, telling the story of an adventurous field trip led by Ms. Frizzle, where children join Aunt Maxine, an actuary. The Academy donated copies of the book to all Grades 3-5 students in Washington, D.C., public schools, and has taken large and small orders since then. Individual copies and group orders are available for the budding mathematicians in your life, and the Academy also welcomes corporate sponsorships.

Next Week—Room Block Closing for IFRS 17 Seminar

If you haven’t made your hotel reservations yet, make sure to do so soon—the room block for the Academy’s Seminar on Implementing International Financial Reporting Standard 17 (IFRS 17) for Long-Duration Contracts will close next Thursday, Aug. 9. The seminar is designed for life financial reporting actuaries who will be working on implementing the new standard. Attendees will get a chance to hear from William Hines, an observer to the International Accounting Standards Board’s Transition Resource Group for IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. Space is still available for this seminar, which will be held Aug. 29–30 in Washington, D.C., following the 2018 Valuation Actuary Symposium. Register today.

Next Week—Early Registration Deadline for CLRS

Register by next Friday, Aug. 10, for the lowest rates to attend this year’s Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar and Workshops (CLRS). The seminar, jointly sponsored by the Academy and the Casualty Actuarial Society, will be held Sept. 5–7 at Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Visit the event website to see the program guide, lodging details, and registration information.

Public Policy Activity

  • The Multiemployer Plans Committee released notes from its February meeting with officials of the Treasury and Labor departments, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, discussing applications by multiemployer pension plans in critical and declining status to suspend benefits or partition liabilities. The February meeting supplements the first meeting between these parties on this topic, which was held last year.


  • Congress passed a bill to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Nov. 30. The NFIP was set to expire at the end of July. The legislation, which was approved by the Senate and signed into law by the president on Tuesday, marks the seventh extension of the NFIP since September.

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In the News

  • Lori Lucas, moderator at the Pension Practice Council’s July 27 retirement policy forum, “Modernizing the U.S. Retirement System—Aligning Policy With Reality,” discussed the key takeaways from the event in The Weekly Pulse podcast (11:30 mark). Lucas also discussed the importance of the forum in an Employee Benefit Research Institute blog post. The blog post was reprinted by Advisor Magazine. An Employee Benefit News article on the forum cited comments from Academy Pension Vice President Josh Shapiro and Senior Pension Fellow Ted Goldman. In an interview with the Retirement Income Journal, Goldman discussed the major themes presented at the forum, including multiple employer retirement plans.

  • The Washington Examiner cited Senior Health Fellow Cori Uccello’s comments on the implications of expanding short-term, limited-duration health insurance.

  • A Health Affairs blog post cited the Individual and Small Group Markets Committee’s April 6 comment letter to the Department of Health and Human Services that highlighted the potential implications of expanding short-term, limited-duration health insurance.


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