The ASB adopted a revised version of the Introductory Actuarial Standard of Practice. The Introduction was revised to clarify the meaning of such terms as “must” and “should”; to include a definition of “deviation”; and to make other revisions to the language that were not substantial but did help clarify meaning in various sections. Also, to reinforce that the Introduction contains guidance that must be followed, it has been numbered as ASOP No. 1. Subsequently, the existing ASOP No. 1, Nonguaranteed Charges or Benefits for Life Insurance Policies and Annuity Contracts, is renumbered as ASOP No. 2, since the existing ASOP No. 2, Recommendations for Actuarial Communications Related to Statements of Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 87 and 88, was repealed in March 2011. The effective date for the revised Introduction is June 1, 2013. The ASOP can be viewed under the tab “Current Actuarial Standards of Practice.”
The ASB approved the exposure draft, Principle-Based Reserves for Life Products. The proposed standard applies to actuaries when performing professional services on behalf of life insurers, including fraternal benefit societies, in connection with the calculation or review of reserves for individual life insurance policies, where such reserves are represented as being in compliance with the provisions of the Standard Valuation Law and the Valuation Manual governing principle-based reserves. The comment deadline for the exposure draft is December 16, 2013 and can be viewed under the tab “Exposure Drafts.”
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About The ASB
The Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) sets standards for appropriate actuarial practice in the United States through the development and promulgation of Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs). These ASOPs describe the procedures an actuary should follow when performing actuarial services and identify what the actuary should disclose when communicating the results of those services.