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20102020

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Research interests

Can we improve pensions savings outcomes for our society? Can a group of people be financially better off in retirement by pooling their savings together and sharing their risks, rather than individually investing their money? Can this be done in a transparent way, so that it is understood by the people in the group? My current interests are to propose and analyse ways in which a group of people can share their risks, with a focus on sharing their investment and mortality risks. Other interests of mine, which are closely related to this topic, are

  • Annuities.
  • Life insurance.
  • Pension funds.
  • Portfolio optimization.
  • Quantitative risk management.

Biography

After my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, I worked for several years in the pensions industry in the U.K. in both pensions and investment consultancy roles. I returned to university to do a Masters degree at the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD at the University Of Waterloo, Canada. After a couple of years as a postdoctoral researcher at RiskLab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, I took up a lecturing position at Heriot-Watt in 2011.

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