ACOPA Monthly

Here you’ll find a chronological archive of posts sent to ACOPA members in the ACOPA Monthly newsletter, which launched in August 2015.


ACOPA Monthly

ACOPA Monthly

By Rick Block, Kevin Donovan5/11/2018 • 0 Comments

At this year’s Enrolled Actuaries meeting, we presented a session on “DC Plan Issues When Combined with DB Plans.” This session focused on what we considered to be issues that should be thought about when designing and operating DB/DC combos. Following are a few of our suggestions. READ MORE

By Lauren Okum5/11/2018 • 0 Comments

This article highlights the major differences between the Financial Accounting Standards Board's ASC 715 and International Accounting Standard 19, including a useful comparison chart. READ MORE

By Bill Karbon5/11/2018 • 0 Comments

ACOPA is going to establish a task force that will provide input to the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. READ MORE

By Alan Stone4/10/2018 • 0 Comments

Hello all – I am sincerely honored to take over as Executive Editor of the ACOPA Monthly from Norm Levinrad. READ MORE

By Alan Stone4/10/2018 • 0 Comments

Recently I reached out to Annie (Voldman) Brown to see what she has been up to, as I hadn’t seen her as much on the listserv or at annual meetings. The result is my first “Catching Up with…” article. READ MORE

By Alan Stone4/10/2018 • 0 Comments

The inaugural “View from the Top” article features Jeff Wadle, an actuary at Greenspan & Associates, Inc. in California. Jeff is arguably the biggest contributor to the ACOPA listserv. Recently he was kind enough to answer some questions regarding his vast knowledge and how he goes about answering posted questions in such a comprehensive way. READ MORE

By Bill Karbon4/10/2018 • 0 Comments

Since education is so vital to ACOPA, I want to review the educational opportunities provided by ACOPA. We use multiple methods in attempting to meet this objective, including the listserv, conferences, exams, webcasts, periodicals and the ACOPA Monthly. READ MORE

By Ken Vollmer4/10/2018 • 0 Comments

Want to have a positive impact on the actuarial profession by helping the ACOPA Retirement Plan Academy staff plan ACOPA webcasts? And earn CE to boot? READ MORE

By Norman Levinrad3/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Hi there! March 14 here and it’s one valuation review after the other — but the end of busy season is now in sight! I hope it goes smoothly for all of you. READ MORE

By James E. Holland3/15/2018 • 0 Comments

Can someone waive benefits in a defined benefit plan for funding purposes? And how does the the excise tax work in the final year of a plan? READ MORE

By Bill Karbon3/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The only way that ACOPA can successfully meet the needs of our membership is to rely on the hard work of our many volunteers. This month I would like to highlight the great work that is done by our Professionalism Committee. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/15/2018 • 0 Comments

The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) has named longtime IRS executive Martin Pippins as its new Executive Director and Director of Regulatory Policy, effective May 1. READ MORE

By Norman Levinrad2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

Hi there. I just woke up to the news of another school shooting, and I’m thinking about the parents dealing with the incomprehensible grief of losing a child who they just sent off to school. READ MORE

By James E. Holland2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

It was a quiet Tuesday afternoon. The first State of the Union address from President Trump was to take place that evening. No one expected any interesting government releases before the speech. READ MORE

By Matt Rustige2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

For the longest time, it seemed an unwritten rule that the safe and wise path of a defined benefit plan termination should include an IRS Determination Letter request. However, this approach seems to have come under much more scrutiny in recent years by sponsors and advisors of plans both large and small. READ MORE

By Bill Karbon2/16/2018 • 0 Comments

I wanted to take this opportunity to catch everyone up on the activities of the ACOPA Leadership Council. The following summarizes the most important issues being addressed by leadership. READ MORE

By Norman Levinrad1/17/2018 • 0 Comments

Hi there, and a belated Happy New Year. It’s good to be back after the December break we took for the e-news. Any time we announce a break it’s essentially a euphemism for “I’ve got no content.” READ MORE

By Roman Androsov1/17/2018 • 0 Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE: Roman Androsov, Director of Actuarial Services at PenSys, Inc., has written an article explaining how the new 20% qualified business income deduction under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act works and how it may affect incentives to set up plans. Click here to view the 16-page article in pdf form. READ MORE

By Karen Smith1/17/2018 • 0 Comments

On Dec. 7, 2017, I attended an Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) meeting. I had never attended an ASB meeting and was curious. Revisions to pension ASOPs 27 and 35 were on the agenda. So, I notified the Academy office that I planned to attend, booked my airfare and I was off to DC! READ MORE

By Bill Karbon1/17/2018 • 0 Comments

I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all ACOPA members!!! READ MORE

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