This regular column in Actuarial Update highlights the ASB’s work and other important professionalism issues.

Professional judgment is core to an actuary’s work; it comes into play when determining whether an actuary is qualified to take on an assignment, which actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs) to use when performing an assignment, and how to interpret those ASOPs. But the ability to exercise sound professional judgment isn’t magically bestowed when an actuary earns their credential—it is developed over years of training and experience. (Actuarial Update, April 2021)

Professionalism lies at the heart of the Academy’s mission. Accordingly, the Academy maintains a wealth of professionalism resources to help members keep their professionalism knowledge up to date. (Actuarial Update, March 2021)

Conflict of interest. We've all heard the term, but what exactly does it mean? And why is it important for actuaries to avoid a conflict of interest? It all goes back to the Code of Professional Conduct. (Actuarial Update, February 2021)

This “Professionalism Counts” column covers reliance as a matter of responsibility (Actuarial Update, January 2021)

Precept 8, Annotation 8-1 of the Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) observes that an actuarial communication prepared by you as an actuary “may be used by another party in a way that may influence the actions of a third party.” This is your power as an actuary. (Actuarial Update, December 2020)

As this unusual year draws to a close it’s time to make sure you are on track to meet the continuing education (CE) requirements of the U.S. Qualification Standards (USQS) by the end of the year. (Actuarial Update, November 2020)

The October “Professionalism Counts” column looks at “Must, Should, May: When Do You Need to Disclose a Deviation From an ASOP?” (Actuarial Update, October 2020)

Following up the August professionalism webinar, “In Times of Uncertainty, Professionalism Is Certain,” this month’s column answers overflow questions that were not addressed in the webinar. (Actuarial Update, September 2020)