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Russell Hutchinson
I'm the principal the Chatswood Consulting Limited, live and work in New Zealand.
Interests: Family, financial services management consulting, living a good life in New Zealand. I love to read, run, work out, and soon I may admit to gardening.
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Dr Chris Bowden from Victoria University has done some new research revealing that key aspect of young men’s experiences of suicide bereavement is ubiquitous silence. 'His research found the men experienced four types of silence following the suicide of a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at moneyblog
This update on Financial Adviser Obligations by Mark Banicevich at Partners Life is one of the best I have seen. He accurately walks through the probable changes and underlines the extent to which obligations are known, likely, and not-yet-defined. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at moneyblog
It has been over a decade since the UK government introduced a smoking ban in public places such as pubs, restaurants and offices. 'A poll of more than 4,000 adults by YouGov released this year for the 10th anniversary found... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at moneyblog
The FMA's recent update includes the announcement that applications for digital advice exemptions may be made from today. Link. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at moneyblog
The premium comparison database (for corporate subscribers) now includes an update to reflect AIA level life and trauma rates changes effective 19/2/17. This version also includes an overhaul in database structure and added data for all ages from 20 to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at moneyblog
This article by Ed Yong explains how he has been actively trying to redress the gender imbalance in his articles by searching for more women to interview and publishing more quotes from women in that industry, after he realised that,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at moneyblog
The FMA's conduct outcomes report on 2017 is available at this link. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at moneyblog
An article by Ross Riskin in the Journal of Accountancy states that retirement should take priority over paying for children's university. That's interesting - it is a good example of a conflict a lot of parents feel: what is a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at moneyblog
nib has released their half-year results. Details can be found in the investor presentation at this link. Some highlights include: The strong contribution of adjacent business, such as international inbound health insurance, to the overall underlying profitability of the business.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at moneyblog
My latest piece at goodreturns is how to run an approved provider list. Link. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at moneyblog
Emma Espiner has this excellent article on the response to the 1918 influenza pandemic, and some comments on the current capability of New Zealand society to respond to a new pandemic. It is a fascinating article that can trigger a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at moneyblog
Logging is risky, and although it is not actually the riskiest work (deaths as a proportion of worked time) deaths while logging are effectively the emblem of accidental death. Workplace deaths, are one of three categories of early death (the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at moneyblog
This press release from David Greenslade, CEO of Strategi, announces the merger of IDS into Strategi: CHANGE IS EASY WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP IS EASY. STRATEGI AND IDS MERGE TO MEET CHANGING INDUSTRY DEMANDS The next two years will be stressful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at moneyblog
If you are already a large employer, dealing with a large cost, sometimes you think 'darn it, why don't I just do this myself?' So the news that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase have decided to launch a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at moneyblog
Here is an interesting chart from Our World in Data which shows the total number of deaths by 'high-level' cause category. Here's New Zealand's chart: For contrast, click on the chart and change countries. Try Ethiopia, then try Argentina, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at moneyblog
While there are no life and health insurance start-ups in the accelerator there is plenty to be interested in. Two appear to have a general insurance flavour, the best of which is Stash, a outfit I have come across before... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at moneyblog
Rice Warner has this article on life insurance adequacy for households with two adults and children, a highlight from their life insurance adequacy study which is available for purchase. In the forthcoming quarterly life report I will contrast this with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at moneyblog
AIA's latest campaign gives advisers the opportunity to earn Air New Zealand Airpoints. An extra 20% commission is to be paid to the adviser as Airpoints on qualifying business from 1 February - 30 April. Click here to find out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at moneyblog
Parliament has called for public submission on the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill. The submission close on Friday the 23rd of February. Click here for more details. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at moneyblog
While special events increase features are a useful addition to insurance contracts, they are probably overweight in the Quality Product Research Limited model. That weighting is currently under review and a reduction for the 'incidence' score for the item (applicable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at moneyblog
World cancer day on February the 4th brought a lot of writing about cancer to the web. Some of that is useful information for committed insurance professionals. It isn't all good news. For example, as some regions get wealthier they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at moneyblog
We like more data here at Chatswood. It seems the medical profession agrees. In treating some disorders the medical device that can supply more data, will simply need to be inside you. Some will be implants, some will be 'ingestibles'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at moneyblog
The long-run shift to living benefits is underlined with the trend towards longer lives, lived with more chronic illness. This article is packed with interesting statistics for those of us keen on understanding the incredible shift from the focus on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at moneyblog
What clients circumstance are relevant to replacement advice? Just a few weeks ago ASIC highlighted the failure to collect enough information about the client's circumstances as a failure when giving advice on replacing insurance. (you can find my report on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at moneyblog
Gen Re has an excellent article on the role of classification model performance in underwriting. This includes some useful comments on machine learning, plus the gloriously-named 'confusion matrix' with associated metrics for assessing the accuracy of models. There are some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at moneyblog