One of the benefits of being a member of ACOPA is access to the actuaries-only Google Group on which members can ask questions of other members, respond to questions others have asked, and comment on current developments in the pension actuarial and related fields. (Note that the Google Group is for non-governmental actuaries only.)
Participants on the Google Group universally agree that it is an excellent research device, complementing effectively the benefits of a fee-based research service. Participants have been very generous with their time in helping each other solve specific professional problems. ACOPA dues cover the complete cost of the Google Group; there is no additional fee. Participation on the Google Group is available only to ACOPA members whose dues are up to date.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a lot of traffic on the Google Group, and you may find that your inbox is overwhelmed with emails from your fellow EAs. One way to control the traffic is to set up a separate folder for your ACOPA Google Group correspondence, then create a rule to automatically move emails to the folder (and not to your primary inbox). To set up a new folder in Outlook, click on File\New\Folder and type in the folder name (e.g., "ACOPA Google Group"). Next, go to Tools\Rules and Alerts and click on “new rule.” Choose “Start creating a rule from template,” then “Move messages with specific words in the subject to a folder.” The “specific word” is [collegeofpensionactuaries] and the folder is the one you just created (e.g., "ACOPA Google Group").