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  • Mortality and Morbidity at the End of Life’s Road

    By Jean-Marc Fix, FSA, MAAA | Jun 20, 2019 | English

    How long will I live? It’s a question that humans have pondered since the dawn of time. From palmistry to the latest health fads, we have found more or less satisfactory answers. Those of us in the Life industry, as students of mortality, are interested...

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  • Why Do Some People Survive to Age 100? - An Actuary’s Perspective

    By Beata Puls | May 29, 2019 | English | Deutsch

    Developing reliable life tables is one of the most important objectives for life insurance companies. Mortality rates for single ages are usually very small numbers and we need a rather large sample size to obtain reliable estimates. Otherwise, they are...

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  • Are Centenarians Different - or Just Lucky?

    By Jean-Marc Fix, FSA, MAAA | May 10, 2019 | English

    Centenarians are rare, but they are among the fastest growing population segments in the U.S. and throughout the developed world - and what is rare is special. But why are they special? Unfortunately, we humans are better at rationalizing than at rational...

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  • Seniors in the Workforce

    By Jean-Marc Fix | Mar 06, 2019 | English

    The bane of the writer is the trite cliché, and yet I cannot avoid the temptation: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” strongly comes to my mind as I think about seniors in the workforce. As boomers, we are almost certainly living longer than...

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