A partner in a firm of actuaries tells me the young chaps at his company jib at buying their round in the pub.

Why are well-paid 20-something-year-olds prepared to earn the contempt of their peers?

Because, he tells me, they are concerned about the effect of the expenditure on their net asset value.

Ye Gods. Have we come to this?

Accepted that actuaries are a particularly anal life-form but even so when young men prioritise net asset value over beer something has gone badly wrong.



  1. Wise words, Silverman, isolation is no alternative to living.

  2. The 20-somethings must be too self-absorbed – worried about how many facebook likes they have coming in?

    When the SHTF those types are going to find themselves alone very quickly.

    Can only get out what you put in.

  3. The version I heard was that actuaries are people who found accountancy too exciting

  4. Was it the great Tony Hancock or another of his era that declared “Actuaries are people who found accounting too stressful”

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