Category Archives: actuaries

COVID-19 actuaries bulletin (as the second wave hits)

  The Friday Report – Issue 22                                                                    … Continue reading

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Investing to secure defined outcomes

This is Stuart Fowler‘s first post on this blog. I am very pleased he is sharing this essay which focuses on the difficult challenge of investing for a pension. When I met the Chairman of the FCA I asked him if … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

Iain Clacher & Con Keating As part of our Funding Code research, we searched for academic or practitioner papers covering long-term expected returns forecasts. We were particularly interested in the ex post accuracy of these forecasts. We found none which … Continue reading

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Covid-19 actuaries give us their monthly medical update

There is emerging evidence that those who have previously been confirmed positive for COVD-19 may not develop a sustained antibody response and are susceptible to reinfection. Continue reading

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Ros Altmann’s response to TPR’s DB funding code consultation.

I have asked for responses to the Pension Regulator’s consultation questions and Ros Altmann has obliged. As a member of the House of Lords and former Pension Minister, I hope Ros’ replies will be of particular interest Continue reading

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Jon Spain’s submission on DB Funding

Although people have been living far longer than used to be the case, the financial assumptions are generally far more significant than the demographic assumptions.

If, as appears to be the case, we can’t get simple things right, why should we think we can tackle complex stuff successfully? Continue reading

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BONFIRE. Keating and Clacher conclude their articles on the DB funding code

We began this series of blogs and articles with a call for a bonfire of regulation; at the very least we should start with this proposed Funding Code. Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Actuaries 20th Friday report (thanks Nicola, Stuart and Dan)

If the thought of a second lockdown is stressing you, then perhaps have a go at ‘scream therapy’. Iceland is marketing itself as the perfect place to let your frustrations out and is offering interested parties to let off steam by recording their screams and having them played over a loudspeaker in a remote part of the country. Continue reading

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Want to live longer? Get a pension!

So – being a value for money kind of guy, I see my pensions as my financial incentive for drinking less and going to the gym. I  want to be a happy, financially solvent pensioner for a  very long time – for as long as I live Continue reading

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Reintroducing pensions to the USA

The American Department of Labor is demanding that regulated sponsors of their workplace pensions convert participants’ account balances into an estimated monthly income stream at retirement. This follows primary regulation in Congress last year know as the SECURE Act Using … Continue reading

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