SOA Longevity Webcast Series: Components of Historical Mortality Improvement Webcast


January 25, 2018

  • External Forces & Industry Knowledge

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Society of Actuaries


11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET


This webcast takes place via the Internet.

Registration Fees

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Who Should Participate

All actuaries who deal with longevity risk in their respective practice areas.


Longevity risk is a key element in the work of many actuaries. The science of measuring and forecasting longevity is changing rapidly and it is important that the actuarial profession takes a leading role. The Society of Actuaries (SOA) has been sponsoring a series of longevity webcasts since 2016 that cover various longevity-related topics.

This webcast will present research titled “Components of Historical Mortality Improvement.” Led by Johnny Li, FSA, ACIA, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, and a team of researchers, the purpose of the research is to compare and contrast methodologies for allocating historical gender-specific mortality improvement or deterioration experience in the United States into four components (age, period, cohort and residual), drawing from the methodologies developed previously by the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). 

This webcast will build on a Nov. 2017 webcast, which provided an overview of the Lee-Carter mortality model.  Johnny Li will present the research results and Larry Pinzur, FSA will comment on the applications of the research for practicing actuaries. They will provide context for how this research fits within the work of SOA’s Longevity Advisory Group.

 To view prior webcasts in the series, see the links below:

How the live webcast works:

You do not need any special equipment. On January 24, 2018, before 2:00 p.m. ET you will be sent detailed webcast instructions via email including the Web address for accessing the live-streaming broadcast presentation. Any handouts that are available will also be sent.





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