Contingencies, March/April 2019
In the March/April issue of Contingencies, the cover story, “Fighting Fake News,” explores cognitive biases—what they are, how to recognize them, and how to avoid falling prey to their clarion call. This feature aims to provide some clear-headed tools that today’s reader can deploy to distinguish fact from fiction—and lays out how actuaries are in a unique position to help. Other features include “A Clear Target”—how the world might look in a new era of “targeted improvements” under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and “Hitting the Wall,” which posits that the near future for the investing world is one of lower returns. Plus, a President’s Message from new Academy President Shawna Ackerman on doing well by doing good, and what the Code of Professional Conduct has to say about conflict of interest.