Conning Research Projects Accelerating Life Industry Premium Growth, Record Operating Gains, and Continued Surplus Growth through 2008.

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Hartford, CONN., October 26, 2006 – The life insurance industry accelerated its rapid profit growth in 2005 with statutory net operating gains of $32.8 billion in 2005, according to the latest analysis for the life-health insurance industry from Conning Research and Consulting, Inc.

“Our analysis of life insurance profitability in 2005 shows a $1.7 billion increase from the record level achieved in 2004 and there appears to be more good news to come,” said Stephan Christiansen, director of research at Conning Research & Consulting, Inc. “We forecast continuing statutory net gain increases for the period 2006 through 2008.”

The semi-annual Conning Research study, “Life-Health Forecast & Analysis by Line of Business, 2006-2008” reports on 2005 final results for the industry and forecasts results for the life-health insurance industry and its top lines of business through 2008. This edition provides a first look at results for the life industry through 2008.

“Our study identifies a variety of different market conditions across different products in our 2006-2008 forecasts,” said Terence Martin, senior analyst at Conning Research. “Overall, thanks to continuing product innovation and increased fee-based revenue, the industry appears to be sustaining historically strong margins, even in the face of lower investment returns and the need to support a growing capital base.”

“Life-Health Forecast & Analysis by Line of Business, 2006-2008” is available for purchase on a semi-annual subscription basis from Conning Research & Consulting, by calling (888) 707-1177 or by visiting the company’s web site at

About Conning Research & Consulting, Inc.

Conning provides insurance industry analysis to insurers and industry stakeholders. The Conning name has represented excellence in independent insurance industry research for more than 50 years. As a result of its wealth of experience and intimate knowledge of the insurance industry, Conning understands industry challenges and opportunities and provides in-depth insights and analyses on a wide range of industry products and issues. Conning is headquartered in Hartford, CT