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Top charts

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

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 22-08: Insulation of US DB pension plans from COVID-19

In this edition of Top Charts, Carmen Gatta takes a look at relative mortality in a large geographically concentrated pension plan in the US and compares it to the state-wide picture for excess mortality.

15 August 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Top Charts 21-08: Longevity trends in US Defined Benefit pension plans

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.

19 August 2021

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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

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Top Charts 21-05: Widening inequality in life expectancy in the US

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. 

26 May 2021

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Top Charts 21-02: Excess deaths in the US: 2020 compared to history

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.

22 February 2021

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Top Charts 20-11: US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

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

16 November 2020

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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

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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

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Top Charts 20-05: US 2020 cumulative deaths

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

15 May 2020

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Top Charts 20-02: US cancer improvements

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

24 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 International, Richard Brown, Erik Pickett and Daniel Reddy discuss whether more people die in the winter than in the summer.

17 December 2019

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Top Charts 19-10: Mortality inequality in the US

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

15 October 2019

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Top Charts 19-04: Grieving widow effect

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

18 April 2019

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

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

23 October 2018

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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 18-06: Key ages in longevity risk

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.

4 June 2018

General interest | Top charts

Top Charts 18-04: The Bee-Swarm Chart - Illustrating Diversity

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.

5 April 2018

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