Independent Actuaries Blog

Changes in Pension Accounting Standards Taking Effect this Year

The soon-to-be-effective Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-07 makes changes to the way pension plans are accounted for, designed to improve the transparency of pension plan operational costs. Under the old rules, all components of pension-related expenses were aggregated together as … Continue reading

IAI Celebrates a Quarter of a Century Helping Employers with Retirement Savings

A group of talented retirement actuaries and consultants worked for a small retirement consulting firm back in the 1980’s. The owner of that firm sold his business to a bank. By 1994, the actuaries and consultants who specialized in defined … Continue reading

Beneficiary Designations: Whose Responsibility is it?

When it comes to Retirement Plans it can sometimes be confusing who does what and whether the responsibility falls on the Employer/ Plan Sponsor, third party administrator (TPA), recordkeeper or the participant. When it comes to beneficiary designations most plan … Continue reading

What’s on Your Christmas List?

Ah, December! Logs are crackling in the fireplace, hot chocolate’s on the stove, and our printers are churning out plan documents. Truly the most wonderful time of the year! Remember that a tax-qualified plan document needs to be prepared and … Continue reading

ShareFile Login Info

At the beginning of December, Citrix ShareFile expired the passwords for all account users. If you are unable to log in to ShareFile, you will likely need to reset your password. From the ShareFile login page, click on “Forgot Password?” … Continue reading

IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limits for 2019

The IRS has announced the new retirement plan limits for 2019. Most limits increased from 2018 to 2019, and some stayed flat. Highlights include: The compensation limit used in determining benefits and contributions for both defined benefit and defined contribution … Continue reading

IAI Retirement Calculator

Have you noticed our online retirement calculator? The Independent Actuaries, Inc. retirement calculator has a chart that projects your personal savings and retirement account separately and another one showing your projected income and expenses as you move into retirement. You … Continue reading

The Magic School Bus Takes a Risk: A Book About Probability

The American Academy of Actuaries partnered with Scholastic to publish a picture book that features an actuary! Their purpose is to educate children about the actuarial profession. The Magic School Bus was among the highest-rated PBS TV series of the … Continue reading

The Importance of Peer Review

Did you know that all of the reports produced at IAI are peer reviewed? Here are some benefits of peer reviewed work: Acts in the interests of the client Continuous improvement in the quality of our products Products are completed with … Continue reading

Sports Betting and Actuaries

On May 14th the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which barred state-authorized sports betting (with the notable exception of Nevada). As a professional Actuary, and an enormous sports fan, I found … Continue reading