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On Dec. 7, 2017, I attended an Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) meeting. I had never attended an ASB meeting and was curious. Revisions to pension ASOPs 27 and 35 were on the agenda. So, I notified the Academy office that I planned to attend, booked my airfare and I was off to DC! As an observer,... READ MORE
For the 2017 ASPPA Annual Conference, I agreed to do the session on defined benefit topics that were not covered in other sessions. The description of the session indicated that one of the topics that I would cover was the accrual rules. “Easy enough,” I thought, and did not give it much more... READ MORE
The IRS has finally issued an updated revenue procedure providing automatic approval for certain changes in funding method for single-employer plans that reflects the provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) and IRC § 430. Rev. Proc. 2017-56 replaces Rev. Proc. 2000-40, and formally... READ MORE
It is quite common for defined benefit plans to define optional benefit forms based upon the actuarial equivalence (AE) definition in the plan document. While this is most common for smaller plans, it is not unheard of among medium sized and larger plans as well. A recent situation led me to ask a... READ MORE
I recently caught up with Judy Miller, ACOPA’s former Executive Director. Here are Judy’s reflections on her plans for retirement, ACOPA, the state of the industry and more. Judy, your retirement has been announced. What are your retirement plans? Are there “bucket list” things you’re planning... READ MORE
On Oct. 3, 2017, the IRS released Notice 2017-60, which summarizes rules provided in regulations released Oct. 5, 2017 in regard to 2018 mortality and mortality improvement tables. The rules are to be used for the following:   Minimum funding calculations under IRC §430 for single employer... READ MORE
In the pension world, the word “disaster” is often applied to new laws, regulations or proposed tax or benefit reforms. We also refer to the usual weather-related events of hurricanes, floods and tornados as disasters. This article is concerned with impact of the weather-related disasters and the... READ MORE
Hi everyone. I hope those of you in the hurricane-affected areas are coping with the massive disruptions to your lives. Things like 9/15 deadlines become trivial when you’ve been evacuated from your home, your home is under water, or you have no power for an extended time. As I’m sitting here on 9/... READ MORE
It was a dark and stormy night when Snoopy the dog took a call from a potential client. The client quickly told Snoopy that he had just sold his business and his accountant advised him to contact an actuary about setting up a defined benefit plan that would be funded through the proceeds from the... READ MORE
The IRS issued Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2017-41 on June 30, 2017, which makes significant changes to the IRS pre-approved plan program. This Rev. Proc. will affect the submission of pre-approved defined contribution plans to the IRS with a new deadline of Oct. 1, 2018. Defined benefit plans... READ MORE
I thought that since we have just had our elections, it would be a good time to write about the importance of elections for ACOPA.Of all the actuarial and other professional organizations, ACOPA is the only one I know of that has so many of its leadership positions subject to a full, free and fair... READ MORE
Living in Jacksonville, FL, my wife Tiffany and I love to stay fit and take advantage of the great outdoors. She plays competitive tennis on a team at Deercreek Country Club; I alternate days with gym training (TRX, cross-fit, etc.) and cycling. I ride my hybrid bike about 15 miles before work on... READ MORE
Hi there, readers. I trust you are all enjoying summer and its long days, the gin and tonics, the BBQ’s, the camping, the 100 mosquito bites in one night… Okay, that was me last week camping at the foot of the Steens Mountains in eastern Oregon. No kidding, about 100 bites on me the first night... READ MORE
Preparing the Schedule SB is typically a basic task that pension actuaries must complete. However, while preparing the 2016 SB for a terminated plan, I questioned how to report certain transactions.This plan had a plan year ending December 31 and more than 300 participants, and terminated effective... READ MORE
All of us have them – plans that are underfunded and PBGC-covered. Each and every one of these plans is subject to required quarterly contributions, and like it or not, most small plans don’t make required quarterly contributions. According to the PBGC, each of these missed required contributions... READ MORE
Happy Summer, ACOPA friends! There are some exciting things happening with The Actuarial Foundation these days. First, TAF has a new website that not only organizes the information in a more modern format, but also shows off our new look. We have spent the last year working on a new branding... READ MORE
I thought that since I have maybe figured out this job and have not yet become irrelevant, it’s the perfect time to tell you what I see the State of the College is.Education – JBEAI haven’t done much at all in this area since becoming President because the work being done by our folks on the... READ MORE
On June 12, ACOPA representatives, along with other ARA representatives, met with about 15 folks from IRS and Treasury to discuss current issues of concern to our membership. (Another 8-12 IRS and Treasury people joined by phone.) Later that afternoon, ACOPA reps met with PBGC. We were represented... READ MORE
I enjoy travelling when I’m not working; my husband and I have been to many places all across the world. His parents live in Europe, so we go to Germany to see them and while there we always go to see another thing or two.This summer we’re going on vacation to Italy and of course to Germany. We’re... READ MORE
Nominations are now being accepted for American Retirement Association’s 2018 Board of Directors. Elected at-large members of the Board of Directors serve for one term of three calendar years. Nominees must be nominated by at least two members to be considered. To download the nomination form,... READ MORE