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Actuaries – what are they on, you may ask and where can I get some?

No this is not an entry to the Turner prize, nor is it the cover of Now! That&#39s What I Call Goa Trance Five. It is, in fact, the image guaranteed to strike terror in the faces of annuity providers across the land – the data from the Continuous Mortality Investigation Bureau that shows how we are all living longer.

Apparently, the image shows the percentage improvement factors in graduated age-specific mortality rates for males. Who would have thought actuaries could be so colourful.

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