How old do you feel? Academics at Maastricht argue that not only our true age but also our subjective age should be integrated into designing and marketing financial products and services like target date funds and pension products.
Now that we’re in the midst of 2020, it might be easy for investors to forget how big a turnaround 2019 actually was for financial markets. One way to look at it is through the Aon Median Solvency Ratio, a quarterly survey that gauges the financial health of an important slice of the institutional investor community, Canadian defined benefit pension plans. Erwan Pirou, Canada CIO for Aon asks whether markets – and, by extension, pension plan solvency – can stage a repeat performance in 2020.
The Wuhan coronavirus is still spreading, but according to Aaron Costello who is regional head, Asia, at Cambridge Associates, investors should stay calm. The virus remains less deadly and more contained than the SARS outbreak of 2002–03. Looking at other epidemics, history suggests that after an initial sharp hit, economies and markets typically recover quickly.
The Curious Quant series, hosted by Michael Kollo, is a discussion between technically-minded professionals in the financial services, technology and data science fields. It carefully examines the application of new data and new methodologies to common problems in financial markets. The aim is to promote better discussions about these emerging areas, and a better understanding of new technologies.
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