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All the latest information, news and research from the Club Vita team.

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-07: World records, 100m sprint vs life expectancy

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.

23 July 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

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

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.

9 July 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

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

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

29 June 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

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

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

22 June 2021

General interest | VitaMins

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

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.

17 June 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

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

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

11 June 2021

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-06: When do people retire, and how has this changed over time?

In this edition of Top Charts, Shantel Aris looks at the data for average retirement age in the public and private sector in Canada.

1 June 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

Mega Trend 2: Longevity becomes a tradeable commodity

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

1 June 2021

Opinion & experiences | Mega Trends

Mega Trend 1: UK longevity inequality will grow

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

24 May 2021

General interest | Pandemic updates

COVID-19: Latest picture as of May 21, 2021 and how does Canada compare to the UK and the US ?

In this article we compare the current picture of the pandemic in Canada to the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).

21 May 2021

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

Choice overload – the paradox of too much choice

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?

18 May 2021

Explainers | External publications

The Increasing Uncertainty of Longevity - And What Plan Sponsors Can Do About It

COVID-19 has tragically elevated mortality for Canadians and the uncertainty of future longevity prospects...

1 May 2021

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita Appoints France Panneton Head of Pension Strategy, Canada

Club Vita Appoints France Panneton Head of Pension Strategy, Canada

13 April 2021

Research & technical | Research & technical notes

COVID-19 longevity scenarios: a bump in the road or a catalyst for change?

A bump in the road or a catalyst for change?

3 March 2021

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

The Narrative Effect – the power of a good story

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!

3 March 2021

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-03: Excess deaths in Canada: 2020 compared to history

In this edition of Top Charts, Richard Brown looks at excess deaths in Canada and compares the extreme experience in 2020 to previous years back to 1921.

1 March 2021

General interest | Pandemic updates

COVID-19’s impact on Canadian mortality: the latest picture as of February 16th, 2021

With the first month of 2021 well behind us and Statistics Canada releasing updated data last week regarding Canadian deaths during 2020, we wanted to provide an update on the impact the pandemic has had on Canadian mortality.

16 February 2021

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

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

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.

17 December 2020

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Physical activity – are you sitting comfortably?

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.

8 December 2020

General interest | Pandemic updates

Latest picture of COVID-19’s impact on Canadian mortality in 2020

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across much of Canada, we wanted to share an update regarding the latest picture of the pandemic’s impact on Canadian mortality during 2020.

4 December 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-12: age profile of first wave versus second wave COVID-19 cases

In this regular column, Club Vita’s longevity experts will help you visualize the often abstract world of longevity by introducing some of their favourite charts.

1 December 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-10: International – COVID-19 compared to other leading causes of death

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.

30 October 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-09: The Bee-swarm chart – illustrating diversity

Question: How diverse can the longevity profile of pension plans in Canada really be?

10 October 2020

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins: Representativeness of data

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.

6 October 2020

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

As-if thinking – does Batman use Zoom?

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?

15 September 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-08: Life expectancy doesn’t tell the whole story

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

28 August 2020

General interest | VitaMins

Introducing Club Vita Canada’s longevity map

In 2020, we are more conscious than ever of our health. Wearing masks, keeping our distance and washing hands non-stop have become a part of our daily lives in a way that would have been inconceivable just months ago.

13 July 2020

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

The survivorship bias – who’s left?

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.

7 July 2020

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Mental health – looking after body and mind

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.

18 June 2020

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita Appoints Jennifer Haid CEO of International Team

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.

16 June 2020

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