North American Life Insurance Recovers From January Decline : MIB

(Westwood, Mass. � March 12, 2004) February applications for life insurance in North America dipped slightly year-over-year (0.8%). February results mask a 20.5% jump in U.S. applications over January 2004 and were 2.1% above December 2003, overcoming the worst January on record since 1999. Year-over-year, U.S. applications were off slightly at 0.7%, with Canadian activity decreasing 2.0%. Year-to-date, U.S. activity remains 2.9% below the same two-month period in 2003.

According to the MIB Life Indexsm for February, year-over-year application activity in the 0-44 age group declined across the board: 2.3% U.S. and 3.9% Canada; was flat in the 45-59 age group: 0.3% U.S. and 0.2% Canada; and remained characteristically strong in the 60+ age group: 7.9% U.S. and 8.3% in Canada.

MIB’s 2003 Life Index Annual Report provides an extended analysis of the year in review by age break and new this year, geographic region.

  Monthly Percent Change vs 2003
US Canada Total
February 2004 -0.7 -2.0 -0.8
January 2004 -5.7% -1.6% -5.3%
YTD 2004 -2.9% -1.4% -2.8%

  Monthly Percent Change vs Previous Month
US Canada Total
February 2004 20.5% 18.5% 20.3%

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