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Proposed Revision of ASOP Nos. 4, 27, and 35

The ASB recently approved exposure drafts of revisions of ASOP Nos. 4, Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Costs or Contributions; 27, Selection of Economic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations; and 35, Selection of Demographic and Other Noneconomic Assumptions for Measuring Pension Obligations. The revisions are based on suggestions from the Pension Task Force report issued in 2016 as a result of comments received on a 2014 Request for Comments on ASOPs and Public Pension Plan Funding and Accounting as well as a subsequent 2015 public hearing held on proposed ASOPs applicable to actuarial work regarding public plans. The ASB directed its Pension Committee to draft appropriate modifications to pension ASOPs to implement the Pension Task Force suggestions. The modifications are reflected in the exposure drafts of ASOP Nos. 4, 27, and 35. The comment deadline for the exposure drafts is July 31, 2018. Information on how to submit comments can be found in the drafts, which can be viewed under the “Drafts” tab in “Current Exposure Drafts.”

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ASB Adopts New ASOP No. 53

The ASB adopted new ASOP No. 53, Estimating Future Costs for Prospective Property/Casualty Risk Transfer and Risk Retention. The ASOP provides guidance to actuaries when performing actuarial services with respect to developing or reviewing future cost estimates for prospective property/casualty risk transfer and risk retention. This includes future cost estimates for insurance, reinsurance, self-insurance, loss portfolio transfers, or any other mechanisms for risk transfer or risk retention. The ASOP incorporates all of the Considerations contained in the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Statement of Principles Regarding Property and Casualty Ratemaking and addresses issues related to the estimation of costs for risk transfer and risk retention not currently addressed in existing ASOPs. The ASOP also references other existing ASOPs that include relevant issues related to the estimation of future costs for prospective risk transfer and risk retention.

This standard will be effective for work performed on or after Aug. 1, 2018. ASOP No. 53 can be viewed here.

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ASB Approves Second Exposure of Proposed ASOP, Capital Adequacy Assessment for Insurers

The ASB recently approved a second exposure draft of a proposed ASOP titled Capital Adequacy Assessment for Insurers. The proposed ASOP will apply to actuaries involved in capital adequacy assessment work for life or health insurers, including fraternal benefit societies and health benefit plans; property and casualty insurers; mortgage and title insurers; financial guaranty insurance companies; risk retention groups; public entity pools; captive insurers; and similar entities or a combination of such entities, when affiliated. Key changes from the first exposure draft include clarifying how the ASOP applies to insurers that are part of a group or operate across jurisdictions, adding “risk retention groups” and “public entity pools” to the scope, and modifying definitions of “risk capital threshold” and “risk capital target.” The comment deadline for the second exposure draft, which can be viewed under the “Drafts” tab in “Current Exposure Drafts”, is March 1, 2018. Information on how to submit comments can be found in the draft.

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ASB Adopts Two New ASOPs on Pension Risk and Principle-Based Reserves for Life Products

The ASB recently adopted ASOP No. 51, Assessment and Disclosure of Risk Associated with Measuring Pension Obligations and Determining Pension Plan Contributions, and ASOP No. 52, Principle-Based Reserves for Life Products under the NAIC Valuation Manual.

ASOP No. 51 provides guidance to actuaries when performing certain actuarial services with respect to measuring obligations under a defined benefit pension plan and calculating actuarially determined contributions for such plans, with regard to the assessment and disclosure of the risk that actual future measurements may differ significantly from expected future measurements. The standard will be effective for any actuarial work product with a measurement date on or after Nov. 1, 2018.

ASOP No. 52 provides guidance to actuaries when performing actuarial services with respect to developing or opining on principle-based reserves for life insurance that are reported by companies in compliance with applicable law based upon the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Standard Valuation Law and the NAIC Valuation Manual as adopted in December 2012 with subsequent amendments. The standard will be effective for valuation dates on or after Dec. 31, 2017.

ASOP Nos. 51 and 52 can be viewed here.

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