Professionalism

A Better Actuary
Professionalism Perspectives

A Better Actuary

January/February 2024
By Virginia Hulme
Professionalism discussions often feature Precept 13 and the actuary’s obligation to report apparent, unresolved, material violations of the Code of Professional Conduct to the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD).

Clearing Up Some Misunderstandings
Perspectives From the ABCD

Clearing Up Some Misunderstandings

November/December 2023
By Albert J. Beer
“Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood!” While young readers might not recognize the musical reference, I believe all readers can relate to the disappointment of having an intended audience not understand a particular role you play.

HAL the Actuary?
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HAL the Actuary?

July/August 2023
By David Driscoll
This Up to Code piece examines various professionalism considerations of the use of large language models like ChatGPT.

ChatGPT—Understanding the Model
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ChatGPT—Understanding the Model

July/August 2023
By Brian Jackson
The recent emergence of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT has stimulated considerable discussion about how these technologies can be used by actuaries when providing professional services.

When to Say ‘No’
Up To Code

When to Say ‘No’

May/June 2023
By William Hines
Case studies of when you might need to refuse an assignment or otherwise decline a directive from a principal.

That’s So Meta
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That’s So Meta

March/April 2023
By Shawna Ackerman
An exhaustive list—including links and descriptions—of all Up to Code articles ever published in Contingencies.

A Fine Mess
Perspectives From the ABCD

A Fine Mess

November/December 2022
By April Choi
In order to exemplify our professionalism and preserve our self-regulation status, each of us as individuals must uphold and abide by our Code of Professional Conduct, follow the actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs), and comply with the U.S. Qualification Standards.

Explaining Professionalism to Principals
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Explaining Professionalism to Principals

May/June 2022
By the Academy’s Committee on Professional Responsibility
This feature 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.

Risk to the Actuary
Perspectives From the ABCD

Risk to the Actuary

March/April 2022
By Richard Kutikoff
Things go wrong. And when they do, it can be harmful to the actuary. Harmful to the actuary’s employer. Harmful to the reputation of the profession. So, what can you do about it?

USQS Roundtable—All About the Amended Standards
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USQS Roundtable—All About the Amended Standards

January/February 2022
Contingencies sat down with Tom Campbell, Lisa Slotznick, and Joeff Williams—three members of the Committee on Qualifications (COQ), the Academy body that drafted the amended USQS—to discuss this historic undertaking.

Where Do You Practice?
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Where Do You Practice?

November/December 2021
By William Hines
Actuaries need to be aware of and comply with any requirements of the jurisdictions in which they render their services. The Code of Professional Conduct that we all must follow requires as much.

The Art of the Possible
Perspectives From the ABCD

The Art of the Possible

March/April 2021
By David L. Driscoll
Our Code of Professional Conduct and actuarial standards of practice limit actuaries’ responsibilities to matters in which actuarial training and experience make one competent to act.

A Little Help From My Friends
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A Little Help From My Friends

January/February 2021
By Albert J. Beer
Even the most experienced and skilled actuary runs into sensitive and complex situations. If that ever happens to you or a colleague, remember that the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline stands ready to assist.