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The Great Unwinding
Feature

The Great Unwinding

By Colby Schaeffer
It has now been three calendar years that we have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot has changed and will continue to change once society and every industry, especially health care, gets through the back end of it.

Explaining Professionalism to Principals
Feature

Explaining Professionalism to Principals

By the Academy’s Committee on Professional Responsibility
The article below—originally released by the Academy’s Committee on Professional Responsibility in November 2021— is intended to help actuaries think proactively about professionalism and how to explain its importance to the work they do and the stakeholders they serve. We are republishing it here to amplify this important message.

Thoughts on Social Security
Feature

Thoughts on Social Security

By Eric Klieber
Created in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security (officially the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance System) was initially motivated primarily by a desire to provide economic relief for those deemed unable to work due to old age and thus unable to benefit from the new Unemployment Insurance program or from New Deal programs providing jobs for the unemployed, such as the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps.

Holding Up a Mirror
Inside Track

Holding Up a Mirror

By Eric P. Harding
Astute readers (are there any others for Contingencies?) will recall January/February’s Inside Track, “A Magazine for the Whole Profession,” in which my New Year’s resolution was to make your magazine feature more diverse voices for an increasingly diverse actuarial profession—with more voices that aim to represent the profession as a whole, both as it exists now and as we hope it will exist in the future.

Opening Up
President's Message

Opening Up

By Maryellen Coggins
Readers of my first two columns will notice that I’ve been focusing this year on a spirit of renewal—where I live, this has bloomed from an unusually cool spring to warmer weather heading toward summer.