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

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

Business updates | Press releases

Club Vita to Provide Longevity Analytics through ProVal

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

3 June 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-06: Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian mortality

In this issue of Top Charts, Richard Brown discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian mortality.

1 June 2020

Research & technical | Research & technical notes

Public vs Private - Is there a sector effect in post-retirement mortality?

Is there a sector effect in post-retirement mortality?

22 May 2020

General interest | Pandemic updates

Has COVID-19 increased Canadian mortality?

Has COVID-19 increased Canadian mortality?

8 May 2020

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

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

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

30 April 2020

General interest | VitaMins

VitaMins Health: Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin

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?

3 March 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts - 20-03: Canadian health inequality

Question: Is the length of time someone is expected to live in good health different for different socio-economic groups?

1 March 2020

Explainers | External publications

Zooming in on ZIP Codes: Using Socio-Economic Factors to Tailor U.S. Pension Plan Longevity Assumption

The United States is a diverse nation made up of many people with distinctly different characteristics.

1 January 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-12 - International – How harsh are the winters in Canada, the UK and the US?

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.

17 December 2019

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

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

Erik Pickett discusses the availability heuristic in his latest blog.

12 December 2019

Opinion & experiences | Behavioural economics blogs

The outcome bias: the adversary of insurance

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

23 October 2019

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