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2022 ASEA Symposium Wrapup

ASEA Monthly

The ASEA symposium was finally back in person this year. It was really great to see everyone and have a chance to reconnect after three years! It was reminder of the value of being at an in-person conference, where you have the chance to ask questions of the experts and to collaborate with peers about the current issues in our industry. 

The conference started with Alison Wielobob and Kelsey Mayo providing the Washington Update. We learned what is on the table as far as new legislation in SECURE 2.0 legislation, which will may formally be known as RISE and SHINE or EARN. There are a number of provisions impacting retirement plans with some welcomed changes. I encourage you to research the issues and let leadership know your thoughts if you have any suggestions or comments. The ARA is continually lobbying on our behalf to protect our industry as well as the ability for participants to save for their retirement. 

The conference continued with a number of great sessions with plenty of technical content and relevant material. This included a session from Karen Smith on bias in data. If you aren’t aware, in addition to the 30 hours of CE annually, the Qualification Standards have been updated to include an annual one hour of CE on bias in data. If you missed out, ASEA will be offering a webcast later this year, so be sure to tune in. 

Overall, being in person was a great reminder of the strength of our organization and the value we can offer to each other and the greater community. I look forward to seeing everyone next year!

Angie Vadnais is a Senior Consulting Actuary with Pension Benefits Unlimited, Inc.