Publications

The Academy makes available to its members and the public a rich and diverse library of newsletters, magazines, annual publications, and other documents that cover a broad range of public policy and professionalism issues.

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Magazine & Newsletters

Actuarial Update
Actuarial Update
Actuarial Update, the monthly newsletter for all Academy members, covers public policy and professionalism news and issues. Update also is a key source for news about the Academy itself and Academy membership.
ASB Boxscore
ASB Boxscore
The Actuarial Standards Board's newsletter, with progress reports on the ASB's work developing and updating standards.
Casualty Quarterly
Casualty Quarterly
Casualty Quarterly covers stories of interest to property/casualty actuaries. In addition to a roundup of the most recent quarter’s Academy P/C news, it highlights key federal and state legislation and regulations.
Enrolled Actuaries Report
Enrolled Actuaries Report
Enrolled Actuaries Report (EAR) is a quarterly newsletter with news, analysis, and regulatory and standard-setting updates for Academy members who work with public and private pension plans.
Essential Elements
Essential Elements
Essential Elements, a new series of concise and informative papers developed by the Academy, is designed to provide a quick and easy-to-understand overview of key public policy issues of interest to Academy members, policy makers and the general public. Each paper provides the important points and analysis, supplemented by graphics, so that the reader can quickly understand the issue and its significance to the public debate.
HealthCheck
HealthCheck
HealthCheck is the Academy’s monthly digital newsletter covering the actuarial perspective on health care reform implementation.
PBA Perspectives
PBA Perspectives
PBA Perspectives is a new Academy publication to keep you up to date on activities surrounding the implementation of the principle-based approach for life insurance.
Retirement Account
Retirement Account
Retirement Account is a quarterly digital newsletter for Academy members who work with retirement plans, covering developments ranging from regulations and standard-setting to public policy and legislation.
StateScan Quarterly
StateScan Quarterly
StateScan Quarterly highlights state legislation across the country that may be of interest to Academy members.
This Week
This Week
This Week is the Academy’s end-of-week digital newsletter, compiling a week’s worth of news, updates, events, and media coverage in one convenient, easy-to-use publication.

Annual Publications

The Record is the Academy’s annual report to the membership and the public, recapping the work of Academy volunteers over the past year in serving the public and the profession. 
The Academy Yearbooks are an archived resource on Academy bylaws, organization, operations, history, and activities, providing a year-by-year record of organizational and member involvement. The last Yearbook was published in 2009. Since that time, the policies and other information on member involvement formerly printed once a year have instead been updated dynamically on the Academy website.
The North American Actuarial Council Annual Report compiles the cross-border work and collaboration of the nine actuarial organizations serving the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

LAW MANUALS

The Life and Health Valuation Law Manual, updated annually, is designed to help appointed actuaries comply with the requirements of the NAIC model Standard Valuation Law and the Model Actuarial Opinion and Memorandum Regulation. It outlines key valuation developments and state guidance, NAIC model laws and regulations that have an effect on reserve calculations, a discussion of generally distributed interpretations, and copies of the current actuarial guidelines from the NAIC Examiners Handbook.
The P/C Loss Reserve Law Manual, updated annually, contains useful information to help appointed actuaries comply with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Annual Statement requirements for a Statement of Actuarial Opinion (SAOs). It includes SAO requirements and state laws and regulations establishing those requirements; Annual Statement instructions for the SAOs for P/C, title loss, and loss expense reserves; and other pertinent Annual Statement instructions.

Amicus Briefs

Amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs submitted by the Academy on litigation involving issues important to the actuarial profession.
 

Brief for the National Federation of Independent Business, et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health And Human Services, et al./State of Florida, et al. v. Department of Health And Human Services, et al.

Brief for Willens v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., California (March 2004)

Brief for Cohen and Tharp v. Briscoe, Comm, and Jackson

Brief for Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan v. Gabriel, Roeder, Smith and Co.

Brief for Lockheed Corp. et al. v. Spink

Brief for United Teacher Associates Insurance Co.v. MacKeen and Bailey Inc.

Brief for Shay et al. v. Howard et al.

Brief for Shepley et al. v. New Coleman Holdings Inc. et al.