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Top charts

Bite-sized longevity analysis in the form of our favourite charts

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-10: Could summer be the new winter for UK mortality?

In this edition of Top Charts, Jill Gallagher looks at UK mortality observed throughout 2022 so far.

17 November 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-07: Women’s Sports and Life Expectancy

In this edition of Top Charts, to mark the climax of the 2022 UEFA European Women's Football Championship Erik Pickett and Nick Chadwick investigate whether there is any relationship between national average life expectancy and footballing ability

26 July 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-06: How have life expectancy and health adjusted life expectancy changed over time?

In this edition of Top Charts, Shantel Aris discusses life expectancy and health adjusted life expectancy (HALE) in Canada, the UK, and the US and how these have changed over time.

14 June 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-05: Retirement preparedness vs longevity pessimism

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett presents a second chart from our recent Longevity, lifestyle and retirement perception survey, 2022 showing the relationship between retirement preparedness and longevity pessimism in Canada, the UK and US.

25 May 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-04: Longevity pessimism

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett presents a chart from our recent Longevity, lifestyle and retirement perception survey, 2022 showing the level of longevity pessimism in Canada, the UK and US.

22 April 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-03: 2021 excess deaths

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett, Nick Chadwick and Shantel Aris look at excess deaths in 2021 in the UK, US and Canada compared to historical levels.

15 March 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-02: What does the W parameter in the CMI model actually do?

In this edition of Top Charts, Mark Sharkey examines the latest released parameter as part of the CMI mortality projections model

17 February 2022

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-04: Longevity as a proportion of total funding risk

In this edition of Top Charts, Alan Garbarino looks at what proportion longevity makes up of the total funding risk of pension schemes in the UK.

28 December 2021

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-11: Antibiotic use in meat production

In this edition of Top Charts, Erik Pickett looks at the levels of antibiotic use in meat production in different countries around the world.

30 November 2021

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-10: Differences in COVID-19 impact on pensioners in England, Scotland and Wales

In this edition of Top Charts, Mark Sharkey looks at the different impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mortality rates of DB pensioners in England, Scotland and Wales

8 November 2021

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

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 21-10: Excess deaths in England & Wales: 2020 compared to history

In this edition of Top Charts, Chuyi Yang looks at excess deaths in England & Wales and compares the extreme experience in 2020 to previous years back to 1900.

28 January 2021

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-10: 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 20-08: 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 | Top charts

Top Charts 20-7: Workin’ 9 to 5: a way to keep on livin’?

In this edition of Top Charts, Helen Wells looks at whether working to a later retirement age boosts life expectancy.

31 July 2020

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 20-04: Impact of COVID-19 on 2020 cumulative deaths (up to 10 April)

In this edition of Top Charts, Connor O'Reilly discusses the effect COVID-19 is having on 2020 cumulative deaths.

22 April 2020

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Top Charts 20-01: Seasonal mortality and socio-economic status

In this edition of Top Charts, Megan Hart discusses whether seasonal mortality rates are different for different socio-economic groups.

6 February 2020

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

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

17 December 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-11: Looking ahead to the CMI’s 2019 mortality improvement projections model

In this edition, Mark Sharkey and Conor O'Reilly consider how the relatively light mortality experienced so far in 2019 might affect the impact of the next CMI mortality projections model on pension fund liabilities.

21 November 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-09: Flu strains and excess winter deaths

In this edition, James Freeman considers whether excess winter deaths are affected by specific flu strains.

16 October 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-08: Early signs of a longevity bounce back in the UK in 2019?

In this edition, Engagement Lead Mark Sharkey looks into how the number of deaths experienced in recent years, compares to the first half of 2019.

8 August 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-06: Transfer rates and affluence

In this edition, Longevity Consultant Matt Thomas considers if wealth affects how likely someone is to transfer out a DB pension?

7 June 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-04: Grieving widow effect

In this edition Longevity Consultant Erik Pickett rounds off the recent marital theme from the previous two issues with a chart exploring the so-called “grieving widow effect”.

18 April 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-03: Marital age differences

In this edition Longevity consultant Nikolay Yankov continues on the marital theme set by the previous edition of Club Vita Top Charts and explores the age differences between pension scheme members and their spouses.

15 March 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 19-01: Marriage and affluence

In this edition, Oreofe Majekodunmi takes a closer look at how affluence affects the likelihood of being married.

21 January 2019

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-12: Trends in causes of death

In this edition Conor O'Reilly explores recent trends on cause of death statistics.

13 December 2018

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-10: Life Expectancy Trends Around the World

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

23 October 2018

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-09: Balancing value and risk when insuring sub-groups of pensioners

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.

14 September 2018

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-07: Hot and bothered about climate change?

In this edition Longevity Consultant, Jessica Elkin, explores the implications of rising temperatures for longevity expectations in the UK.

18 July 2018

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-06: Key ages in longevity risk

In this edition Club Vita’s Head of Longevity Modelling, 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.

4 June 2018

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