North American Life Insurance Applications Decline 3.7%

(WESTWOOD, MA. � November 12, 2003) October’s life insurance application activity in North America declined 3.7% year-over-year according to the MIB Life Index. Application activity in the U.S. and Canada decreased 3.9% and 1.9% respectively compared to October 2002 levels. However, October life insurance applications in the U.S. exceeded that of September by 9.9%, a slight increase from the 9.5% historical seven-year median. In the U.S., life insurance applications are off 5% year-to-date compared to the first 10 months of 2002.

Applications in the 60+ age group continue to set records with October marking the fifth consecutive month of “highest-ever” values for a monthly time period in the MIB Life IndexSM. In the U.S., applications in the 60+ age group increased 5.6% year-over-year.The same demographic in Canada experienced a 2.9% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date, age 60+ Canadian applicants are running 7.1% higher compared to January-October 2002. North American activity in the age 45 and below demographic slipped 6.6% in October versus the same month last year. This group corresponds to 62% of total applications represented in the MIB Life Index.

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  Monthly Percent Change vs 2002
US Canada Total
October 2003 -3.9% -1.9% -3.7%
September 2003 1.9% 4.4% 2.2%
YTD 2003 -5.0% -0.8% -4.5%

  Monthly Percent Change vs Previous Month
US Canada Total
October 2003 9.9% 8.6% 9.7%

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