Q4 U.S. Applications Decline, Canadian Activity on the Rise
(Westwood, Mass. — January 14, 2003) North American life insurance application activity declined for the third consecutive month in December posting a 1.8% decrease compared to 2001 levels. Regional results were mixed; U.S. applications decreased 2.4% last month while Canada showed a marked increase of 4.5% year over year. For the fourth quarter, U.S. applications were off by 4.2% with increases in Canada of 2.8% compared to Q4 2001. For 2002, declining U.S. activity negatively impacted North American results in six of the last 12 months.
December’s decline in U.S. application activity was attributable to a 4.6% downturn in the 0-44 age group. While not strong enough to offset overall results, age group 60+ weighed in with a 9.5% increase over December 2001, according to The MIB Life Index(SM). Notably, Canada’s December activity was at its highest level observed for a December since 1998.
“Growth in the U.S. market remained elusive in 2002,” states Stacy J. Gill, Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer at the MIB Group’s e-Services Corporation. “While encouraging signs can be seen in older-age markets, they account for less than 10% of the activity measured by the Life Index,” states Gill.
The MIB Life Index
The MIB Life IndexSM. is released in summary form to the media each month, providing a monthly snapshot free of charge to the industry.
|Monthly Percent Change vs 2001|
|Nov – Dec 2002||-5.2%||1.6%||-4.4%|
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