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Are annuities the only way to de-risk longevity?

21 August 2019

Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, talks to Douglas Anderson, Founder of Club Vita, about a longevity insurance product popular in the UK for hedging longevity risk while retaining investment freedom, called a longevity swap.

Blogs
Blogs

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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News and insights

Assessing Long-term Risks of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Pension Plans Using Scenario Modeling

29 July 2021

Dan Reddy and Erik Pickett examine the use of scenario modeling when analyzing future longevity risk, published in the Society of Actuaries’ Retirement Section News bulletin.

Press Release
Press Release

Bolton to offer Club Vita’s longevity service to plan sponsors

9 February 2021

Club Vita, the international leader in longevity analytics, and Bolton, a US employee benefits consulting firm focused on independent, objective, and innovative service delivery, today announced their new collaboration agreement.

Blogs
Blogs

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?

Press Release
Press Release

Club Vita Appoints Jennifer Haid CEO of International Team

16 June 2020

Club Vita, the international leader in longevity data analytics, today announced that Jennifer Haid has joined Club Vita’s international team as Chief Executive Officer.

Press Release
Press Release

Club Vita brings its big data longevity service to U.S., appoints Dan Reddy as U.S. CEO

25 June 2019

Club Vita, a provider of longevity risk data, today announced its plans to expand to the United States. A team of British, Canadian and American actuaries and data scientists is collaborating to deliver Club Vita’s novel longevity data analytics service to American pension plans and insurers.

Press Release
Press Release

Club Vita to Provide Longevity Analytics through ProVal

3 June 2020

Club Vita, the international leader in longevity analytics, today announced an integration partnership with WinTech, a leader in retirement valuation and administration software.

Press Release
Press Release

Club Vita unveils new model for predicting life expectancy on ZIP+ Codes

7 August 2019

Club Vita unveils new model for predicting life expectancy based on ZIP+4 codes, modernizing longevity risk management techniques for U.S. Pension Plans

Top Charts
Top Charts

Club Vita's Top Charts: Balancing value and risk when insuring sub-groups of pensioners

14 September 2018

In this edition Longevity Modeler, Chuyi Yang, looks at the benefits of individual assumptions when assessing the value of longevity insurance for sub-groups of pension plan participants.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Club Vita's Top Charts: Grieving widow effect

18 April 2019

In this edition Longevity Consultant Erik Pickett presents a chart exploring the so-called “grieving widow effect”.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Club Vita's Top Charts: Key ages in longevity risk

4 June 2018

In this edition UK Head of Longevity Modeling, James Maloney, shows that when it comes to life expectancy for new pensioners, it is mortality rates in people’s late 70s and 80s that make the most difference.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Club Vita's Top Charts: Life Expectancy Trends Around the World

23 October 2018

In this edition Longevity Consultant, Nick Chadwick, takes a closer look at recent changes in life expectancy in different countries around the globe.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Club Vita's Top Charts: The Bee-Swarm Chart - Illustrating Diversity

5 April 2018

In this edition Club Vita's UK Membership Secretary, Steve Hood, shows a chart that illustrates why it is important to capture and use all available information when setting longevity assumptions for pension plans.

News and insights
News and insights

Club Vita’s business response to the COVID-19 pandemic

16 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious health emergencies of modern times. We recognize that COVID-19 is affecting the physical, mental and financial well-being of many, particularly workers in the healthcare, travel and hospitality sectors. While you will have more important issues arising from COVID-19, I write to let you know how Club Vita is adjusting its working practices to meet the challenge, particularly our implementation of “social distancing” to help protect the most vulnerable in our society.

Blogs
Blogs

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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News and insights

COVID-19: news bulletin #1

11 September 2020

In addition to Club Vita’s webinars and written articles on COVID-19, our attention is now turning to our own research. These newsletters will give you an update on our current thinking and progress with this research.

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News and insights

COVID-19: news bulletin #2

23 October 2020

COVID-19 is having a significant effect on mortality in 2020. It is clear that this year’s extreme events have affected different populations across the country in different ways, but how will the pandemic affect longevity in the longer-term?

Blogs
Blogs

Doing the Cupid Shuffle

5 February 2020

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

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Blogs

Exponential growth and an appreciation for the logarithm

26 March 2020

Erik Pickett discusses exponential growth in his latest blog.

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Video

Have we reached the limit of life expectancy?

18 September 2019

Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, and Erik Pickett, Chief Product Officer Club Vita US, discuss whether we have reached the upper limit of lifespans in the USA.

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News and insights

How different states have experienced COVID-19 so far (data available at June 23, 2021)

24 June 2021

This is an update of our state-by-state analysis of excess mortality based on the available data as at 23 June 2021. We show the three distinct waves of COVID-19 seen in the US and how they have been experienced in different states.

Blogs
Blogs

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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Video

Is life expectancy due to nature or nurture?

28 August 2019

Erik Pickett, CPO Club Vita US talks to Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, about whether lifespan is due to nature or nurture.

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Video

Is longevity just a problem for actuaries?

4 September 2019

Is longevity risk just a problem for actuaries? Dan Reddy, CEO Club Vita US explores this question with Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group.

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Is longevity really a risk in the United States?

25 September 2019

In this video Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, talks to Club Vita US’s CEO, Dan Reddy, to find out if longevity really is a risk in the USA?

Blogs
Blogs

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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Blogs

Lang may yer lums reek!

29 December 2017

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

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Blogs

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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Blogs

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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Blogs

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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Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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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Blogs

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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Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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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Blogs

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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Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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.

Press Release
Press Release

Mercer and Club Vita Collaborate to Enhance Longevity Risk Management in US Pension Industry

10 July 2019

Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and career, and Club Vita, an international leader specializing in longevity analytics, today announced that Mercer is the first consulting firm to offer Club Vita’s longevity risk reporting to its clients in the United States, effective immediately.

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Press Release

NISA to Offer Club Vita’s Longevity Analytics to Strengthen Clients’ Risk Management Strategies

5 October 2021

Access to Club Vita’s proprietary data-driven analytics will enable NISA’s clients to integrate longevity risk into their pension risk management framework.

Blogs
Blogs

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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Blogs

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.

Press Release
Press Release

Segal to offer Club Vita’s longevity service to plan sponsors

6 May 2020

Club Vita, the international leader in longevity analytics, today announced an agreement with Segal, a leading employee benefits consulting firm. The relationship will bring Club Vita’s longevity risk reporting to Segal, whose clients include multi-employer trust funds, public sector plan sponsors, and corporate and not-for-profit employers.

Blogs
Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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

12 December 2019

Erik Pickett discusses the availability heuristic in his latest blog.

Blogs
Blogs

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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Blogs

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.

Blogs
Blogs

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?

Blogs
Blogs

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!

Blogs
Blogs

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?

Blogs
Blogs

The outcome bias: the adversary of insurance

23 October 2019

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

Blogs
Blogs

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.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts International – COVID-19 compared to other leading causes of death

30 October 2020

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett examines how the numbers of COVID-19 deaths compare to other leading causes of death in the UK, US and Canada.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts International – How harsh are the winters in Canada, the UK and the US?

17 December 2019

In this edition of Top Charts International, Richard Brown, Erik Pickett and Daniel Reddy discuss whether more people die in the winter than in the summer.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts International – World records, 100m sprint vs life expectancy

23 July 2021

Inspired by the start of the Tokyo Olympic games, in this edition of Top Charts Nick Chadwick and Erik Pickett compare the progression of world records for the 100m sprint and for life expectancy at birth.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

16 November 2020

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett looks at the relationship between case numbers, hospitalization rates and deaths caused by COVID-19.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – Excess deaths in the US: 2020 compared to history

22 February 2021

In this edition of Top Charts, Chuyi Yang looks at excess deaths in the US and compares the extreme experience in 2020 to previous years back to 1933.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – Life expectancy doesn’t tell the whole story

28 August 2020

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett explains why there's more than meets the eye when it comes to life expectancy.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – Longevity trends in US Defined Benefit pension plans

19 August 2021

In this edition of Top Charts Chuyi Yang looks at the difference in recent mortality improvements between the US population and Defined Benefit pension participants.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – US 2020 cumulative deaths

15 May 2020

In this edition of Top Charts, Dan Reddy discusses the effect COVID-19 is having on 2020 cumulative deaths.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US – Widening inequality in life expectancy in the US

26 May 2021

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett, looks at the implications of recent Society of Actuaries research into the widening of life expectancy inequality in the US. 

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US: Mortality inequality in the US

15 October 2019

In this edition of Top Charts US, Erik Pickett presents a chart exploring the mortality gap between rich and poor.

Top Charts
Top Charts

Top Charts US: US cancer improvements

24 February 2020

In this edition of Top Charts US, Erik Pickett asks whether cancer mortality has been improving in the US in recent years?

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health COVID-19 and cancer – prevention on pause?

17 June 2021

In the latest edition of VitaMins Health we look at delays in cancer treatments and screenings due to the pandemic and the potential effects on longevity.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health mRNA technology – a silver spike-protein lining?

14 September 2021

In the latest release of VitaMins Health we examine breakthroughs in mRNA technologies due to COVID-19 and what this suggests for life expectancy.

News and insights
News and insights

Vitamins Health: Genetic testing – panacea or dystopia?

15 March 2019

Health behaviours and levels of morbidity are key drivers for future mortality rates and can be thought of as key components of the “longevity pipeline”. The levels of health and morbidity in a population today will be stored up and reflected in how long people live in the future. In this edition of VitaMins Health we explore the subject of genetic testing.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health: Getting clued up on flu

3 October 2019

Every year significantly more people die during the winter months than at other times of the year, and recently we have seen huge variability in ‘excess winter deaths’, potentially impacted by the severity of the flu. In this issue of VitaMins Health, we explore the subject of flu.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health: Long COVID – in it for the long haul?

23 March 2021

Even 12 months after the start of the pandemic, professionals are having difficulty defining and explaining what exactly Long COVID is, and what it could mean for future health for many people.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health: Mental health – looking after body and mind

18 June 2020

It is widely accepted that the mind and body are closely interlinked. In this article we look at the link between mental and physical health patterns and how these may influence future longevity trends.

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News and insights

VitaMins Health: Physical activity – are you sitting comfortably?

8 December 2020

Sedentary lifestyles are on the rise. More and more people are sitting down on the commute, sitting down at work and sitting down for leisure.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health: Sleep - Putting a number on slumber

17 June 2019

Health behaviors and levels of morbidity are key drivers for future mortality rates and can be thought of as key components of the “longevity pipeline”. The levels of health and morbidity in a population today will be stored up and reflected in how long people live in the future. In this edition of VitaMins Health we explore the subject of sleep.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins Health: Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin

3 March 2020

Dietary sources of Vitamin D are limited, with around 90% of our usual intake coming from sunlight. Does our current lifestyle and diet through the winter months provide us with sufficient resources for a long and healthy life? In this edition of VitaMins Health we focus on Vitamin D and whether action is required to combat deficiency.

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News and insights

VitaMins: A tale of two Springfields

18 October 2019

Springfield, Virginia and Springfield, Missouri share the same name, but they don’t share much else. In this edition of VitaMins, we explore the differences using Club Vita's US longevity map.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins: Gaming the longevity lottery - the search for the causes of longevity variations

22 May 2017

Two recent pieces of research really move on our understanding, taking the lengthy investigation in an unexpected direction. Since the 1960s, public health research has suggested that differences in lifestyles (smoking, drinking, diet and exercise) explain much of the variation in postcode longevity. Of course, these statistics are merely saying that the habits of people living in certain areas are associated with low or high life expectancy, and don’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that the habits are necessarily causing the variation in life expectancy.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins: How different American states have experienced COVID-19 so far

21 August 2020

In this article Erik Pickett and Dan Reddy explore how COVID-19 is being experienced differently across the different states of America.

VitaMins: How different American states have experienced COVID-19 so far (data available at December 15, 2020)

16 December 2020

This is an update from our August 21, 2020 VitaMins that analyzed state-level excess mortality data at that time.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins: Representativeness of data

6 October 2020

With most of the world still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention is now focused on the development of a safe and effective vaccine. Never in our memories have clinical trials received so many column inches and the subject of representativeness of sample data is top of many minds.

News and insights
News and insights

VitaMins: Society of Actuaries’ MP-2020

19 November 2020

How long people are expected to live (their longevity) is a crucial assumption for actuaries calculating the future liabilities of pension plans and books of life or health insurance policies.

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Video

What can we learn about the US?

11 September 2019

In this video Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, asks Ian Edelist, CEO Club Vita Canada about what Club Vita can learn about the US from their experiences in the UK and Canada.

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Video

What is Club Vita?

3 October 2019

In the first video of our series Douglas Anderson, Founder of Club Vita is interviewed by Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group, to find out 'What is Club Vita?'.

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Video

Why longevity?

14 August 2019

Mike Kreps, Groom Law Group asks the Club Vita US team how and why they got into longevity risk.

News and insights
News and insights

Zooming in on ZIP codes

7 August 2019

How long retirees live is a key assumption when valuing pension promises. There is ever stronger evidence of variation in lifespan across US society. Given that differences in life expectancy are recognized to be largely driven by lifestyle rather than genetic make-up, how can plan sponsors tailor their longevity assumptions to reflect the characteristics of their participants?

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