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As-if thinking – does Batman use Zoom?

15 September 2020

In his latest blog, Erik Pickett looks how his former life as a street performer has helped him in his professional life, and asks, does the same experience still help in the age of Zoom?

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Choice overload – the paradox of too much choice

18 May 2021

Would you like a piece of cake? Would you prefer carrot cake or tiramisu? Or would you prefer cheesecake? Or fruit cake? Or chocolate cake? Or red velvet cake, Boston cream pie, Battenburg, Black Forest gateau, lingonkaka, pineapple upside-down cake? Or maybe a flourless chocolate torte?

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Cognitive miserliness – I’m too busy to think about that!

17 December 2020

In his latest blog, Erik Pickett looks at the concept of cognitive miserliness, which is the tendency to avoid (or reduce) mental effort when making decisions.

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Doing the Cupid Shuffle

5 February 2020

Douglas Anderson discusses running, resolutions and the preventive benefits of healthy habits.

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Exponential growth and an appreciation for the logarithm

26 March 2020

Erik Pickett discusses exponential growth in his latest blog.

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In praise of maps

3 October 2019

Club Vita Founder, Douglas Anderson, explains how maps are a way of exploring the connections between past sociology and longevity outcomes.

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Lang mae yer lums reek: Resolutions for 2019

3 January 2019

Of course, New Year is a popular time for turning over a new leaf and setting some personal goals. Have you set any 2019 resolutions?

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Lang may yer lums reek!

29 December 2017

Douglas Anderson takes a look at what uncertainty 2018 may hold.

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Mega Trend 1: UK longevity inequality will grow

24 May 2021

Read our first mega trend blog where Douglas Anderson discusses UK longevity inequality.

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Mega trend 10: The democratization of longevity

22 September 2021

In our tenth mega trend blog, Shantel explores the concept of “democratization of longevity” and how we can make longevity or “long life” accessible to everyone.

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Mega Trend 11-: COVID-19 is seen as a landmark moment in the evolution of life expectancy…and in the future, we end up living shorter lives.

1 October 2021

Daniel Reddy explores how the pandemic has impacted life expectancy by focusing on a decrease in life spans from both a short and long-term perspective.

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Mega Trend 11+: COVID-19 is seen as a landmark moment in the evolution of life expectancy…and in the future, we end up living longer lives.

6 October 2021

In his latest blog, James Maloney explores how the pandemic has been a watershed moment leading to an increase in life expectancy.

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Mega Trend 2: Longevity becomes a tradeable commodity

1 June 2021

Read our second mega trend blog where Nick Chadwick discusses longevity becoming a tradeable commodity.

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Mega Trend 3: Pension plans start treating longevity as a risk to manage rather than an assumption to get ‘right’

11 June 2021

Read our third mega trend blog where Erik Pickett discusses the relationship between pension plans, longevity and risk.

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Mega trend 4: pension funds and insurers include longevity impact in climate risk management

22 June 2021

In our fourth mega trend blog, Mark Sharkey discusses pension funds and insurers including longevity impact in climate risk management.

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Mega trend 5: Longevity risk will (is already) moving back to institutions from individuals

29 June 2021

In our fifth mega trend blog, Jennifer Haid discusses longevity risks moving back to institutions from individuals.

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Mega trend 6: healthy life expectancy will increase at a quicker pace than life expectancy

9 July 2021

In our sixth mega trend blog, France Panneton discusses whether the quality over quantity argument will influence the push to increase healthy life expectancy more rapidly than total lifespan.

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Mega trend 7: wearable tech drives life expectancy increases

3 August 2021

In our seventh mega trend blog, Conor O’Reilly explores how advances in wearable technology could lead to further increases in life expectancy in the future.

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Mega Trend 8: Big data grows up – from open banking, to open insurance, to open health

30 August 2021

In our eight mega trend blog, our Canadian colleague Saeed Ahmadi explores big data - from open banking, to open insurance to open health.

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Mega Trend 9: 30 really is the new 20 (for some people – determining who they are will become crucial for pension plans and insurers)

16 September 2021

In our ninth mega trend blog, Nikiya examines the concepts of biological vs chronological age and how measuring age differently could impact mortality assumptions for pension plans or insurers.

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Opposites attract: the seduction of the life insurer and the pension fund

14 February 2017

Pension funds have unusually long time-horizons. Their promises can be 20, 30, 50, even 80 years or more. They’re in the until-death-us-do-part business.

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Reasons to be cheerful

4 January 2021

A Scotsman on Hogmanay morning should be planning the New Year party. Not this year. I’m holed up in my study soberly digesting the latest grim diet of COVID statistics, whilst escaping my children’s depression at the prospect of weeks more separation from their friends. We could all do with an injection of optimism: some reasons to be cheerful.

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Socioeconomic effects of COVID-19

6 April 2020

The number of Google searches for the word unprecedented has recently spiked to unprecedented levels. And for good reason; the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything in living memory - and it is not affecting everybody in the same way.

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The availability heuristic - forefront of your mind, forefront of your opinion

12 December 2019

Erik Pickett discusses the availability heuristic in his latest blog.

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The case for longevity "time zones"

16 April 2018

The evidence of diversity in life expectancy is overwhelming, and the uncertain timing of future medical breakthroughs increase demand for insurance. But, the resources required - risk capital and actuarial skills - are limited. So how do you meet demand in the most efficient way? Douglas Anderson, Founder of Club Vita discusses.

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The Journey so far...

6 December 2019

The last 6 months have been a great ride as we have been starting up Club Vita in the US. As I’ve traveled more, the less difficult it is and the more fun it has become to try to fill a day meeting as many new people as possible to spread the word of our new US longevity model.

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The myside bias –why is it so hard to change our minds?

30 April 2020

The myside bias –why is it so hard to change our minds?

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The Narrative Effect – the power of a good story

3 March 2021

The narrative effect is the reliance on a connecting story to interpret a series of events. It is a very powerful effect both in business and pleasure, but is not without it's pitfalls!

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The Negativity effect – how many wrongs make a right?

30 September 2021

In Erik Pickett's latest blog, he explores the negativity effect - do you have a stronger emotional reaction to negative events than to positive events? Are you trying to avoid negative experiences? How many positive events do you need to lessen the strength of your negative emotional responses?

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The outcome bias: the adversary of insurance

23 October 2019

In this blog, Erik Pickett discusses a cognitive bias known as the outcome bias.

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The survivorship bias – who’s left?

7 July 2020

In his latest blog on cognitive biases affecting the actuarial world, Erik Pickett looks at the survivorship bias: the tendency to assume subjects that made it through a survival process are typical of the group that began the process.

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