June 22, 2017
TORONTO, June 22, 2017 – New research on Canadian pension and post-retirement benefit plans dispels the view that public-sector pensioners live longer than their private-sector counterparts. After investigating a comprehensive set of factors to explain how long pensioners are living, Club Vita Canada – the first dedicated longevity analytics provider for Canadian pension plans and a subsidiary of Eckler Ltd. – has found that whether a pensioner worked in the public or private sector isn’t a meaningful or reliable factor. Read more ...
February 21, 2017
New research finds longevity for Canadian pensioners is lower than anticipated – which may actually be costing DB plan sponsors.
Canadian male pensioners are living about 1.5 years less than expected from age 65, according to the latest data from Club Vita Canada Inc. – the first dedicated longevity analytics firm for Canadian pension plans and a subsidiary of Eckler Ltd. Female pensioners are living about half a year less than expected. Read more ...
October 5, 2015
Canadians are living longer, and longevity risk has become the biggest unmanaged threat facing Canadian defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Over the past decade, DB plan sponsors have made significant strides to understand and manage their key financial risks. However, to date, plan sponsors have lacked the resources to truly understand their longevity risk. This leaves plan sponsors exposed to unforeseen costs that can threaten the financial security of both their plans and their members. Club Vita Canada Inc., officially launched today by Eckler Ltd., will build on the work already being done by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries to significantly advance the current state of Canadian pensioner longevity measurement and modelling. Read more ...
This research summary explores the key findings of Club Vita Canada’s inaugural study of Canadian pensioner longevity.
Increasing longevity is good news for the global population – but it’s a significant risk for pension plan sponsors, since how long people will live after retirement is a key determinant of a plan’s cost.Reprinted with permission from the ACPM.
The science journal Nature recently published a paper regarding the positive progress of scientists working on a universal cancer vaccine. If such a vaccine were ever created, it would obviously have immense implications—not the least of which is longer, healthier lives for Canadians.
The average Canadian life span has increased dramatically over the past century. In fact, men in B.C. now enjoy a life expectancy in line with that of the longest lived OECD countries. Slowly but surely, the number of years Canadians spend in retirement and the number of years they spend at work have begun to equalize. But a longer retirement comes at a higher cost for defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors – and the heightened risk of individuals in defined contribution plans outliving their retirement savings. This means longevity risk should be understood, measured and managed better by pension plan sponsors.Reprinted with permission from the ACPM.
There’s an old actuarial joke in which someone finds himself treading water in the middle of a 10-foot-deep lake, after being told by an actuary that the lake was five feet deep on average. Averages can help you test the waters. But a proper understanding of your environment often requires a deeper dive.
Rising life expectancies have led policymakers to prompt people to work more years, to better fund longer retirements. In particular, the normal retirement age for both Old Age Security in Canada and U.S. Social Security will gradually increase from 65 to 67 in the coming years. The U.K. has announced similar plans, and intends additional increases based on future improvements in life expectancy.