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Latest; from COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group

The Covid19 Actuaries have taken to doing weekly round-ups. This one’s co-authored by Matt and Nicolas. Both have already published articles on here but Nicola gets the photo as she missed out last time (and because it’s an intriguing photo).Thanks … Continue reading

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Phoenix – an IGC that continues to set standards with another good report

Phoenix IGC has published its 2019-20 Chair Statement.  To me this is the most important statement as Phoenix is responsible for administering the savings of most of Britain’s “legacy savings”. Although most of these legacy books don’t have much in … Continue reading

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How modelling helps us understand and deal with the pandemic.

Introduction Fighting this COVID-19 pandemic requires a good grasp on how the virus spreads, impacts health care demand and could be managed. This bulletin highlights some examples of how mathematical modelling has contributed to the understanding and intervention of this … Continue reading

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Suppression vs Mitigation. What’s this all about?

Introduction Put simply the community of nations is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to implement a suppression strategy.  The UK government initially proposed an alternative mitigation strategy never before tried in any recorded history, but has now moved … Continue reading

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Social distancing – UK is not like China!

A new paper “An international comparison of the second derivative of COVID-19 deaths after implementation of social distancing measures” has received some attention over the weekend. Perhaps because it was published by individuals from the same university, the paper has … Continue reading

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Aussie actuary flies DC…

  I needed to travel to London. I began my preparations with a call to an airline that I hadn’t used before but that I was keen to try, given its appeal­ing advertising. “Wombat Airways, good morning, this is Margaret … Continue reading

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Strong Government and self-regulation

Yesterday saw the Government finally put its foot down and demand we comply with its request to stay at home. Short of putting troops on the street there is not much more that it can do- now it is over … Continue reading

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USS : FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES – OR OPPORTUNITIES?

    Jon Spain is one of Britain’s foremost actuarial thinkers. You don’t have to  be an actuary to enjoy this piece – indeed it might help for non-actuaries to peer behind the actuarial covers – as Jon allows you … Continue reading

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The state of USS is the state of us.

In normal times, USS reporting itself to the Pensions Regulator for being under-funded would be considered a major news story. But what Jo Cumbo reported as happening  yesterday is not headline news, it is a sideshow to what is being … Continue reading

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Do we long-term care?

There’s an elderly care crisis in the UK. Action must be taken now, or the country’s ability to look after elderly people will collapse by 2029. Our report with @cebr_uk looks at why this has happened, and what we can … Continue reading

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