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STUMP Orientation: Death, Taxes, DataViz and Sumo!
A quick guide to this substack - the subjects, the archive, the type of material
Howdy, y’all! Substack emailed that there was a sizable bump in subscribers this past month.
So let me give you a quick orientation — this may be useful for “seasoned” readers who may have missed some of this the first time.
STUMP = Stu + MP.
Stu is my husband, and MP = me, Mary Pat (Campbell). I also go by the name of Meep. More on me here.
Stu is a silent partner regarding all my websites. He mainly helps do all the admin work, and I provide all the content.
Many people got here due to my mortality trend posts, for obvious reasons.
I’m a life actuary, meaning my specialty involves analyzing mortality trends and dealing with life insurance and annuity products that involve life contingencies.
More simply: I count dead people.
The key post is STUMP 2023: Mortality Trends and Resources
I have stickied that post on the substack and keep it updated with key mortality-related posts, but not all mortality posts. It is also organized by theme, such as cause of death or age group.
All mortality-related posts (but not podcasts) can be found here: Mortality with Meep
From 2023 posts that you may be interested in, there is a series of video posts that you may be interested in:
2020-2022 U.S. mortality videos and posts:
For what it’s worth, not all my mortality-related posts are serious.
One of my favorite things is keeping track of fictional deaths.
My other big area is public finance, usually focused on long-term commitments and the methods of financing them. This is primarily public pensions and Social Security or similar programs.
A series from this year, Choices Have Consequences:
Another series I’ve started this year (and I need to make some more posts on) are appreciations of others working in this sphere, who I’ve used as sources.
Public Finance Spotlights
As you may be able to see from above, I really love making graphs.
Pretty much all the graphs I use in the posts are made in Excel, and I generally share the spreadsheets with the graphs. I have made videos explaining how I made some of the specialty graphs I made, such as the jitter graph you see above.
I am always working on making the data visualizations more effective.
I’m a big sumo fan. In general, I keep sumo posts on Sundays.
And yes, I make graphs for sumo, too.
STUMP - Death and Taxes is a weekly podcast in which I generally switch between mortality and finance subjects (though I sometimes switch to something completely different.)
It does live natively in substack, but you can also subscribe and/or listen via Apple podcasts or other such services:
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