(Westwood, Mass. � December 26, 2006) Application activity for individually underwritten life insurance sold by U.S. insurance companies declined -6.6% in November yearover-year, the ninth consecutive month of decreases in 2006, according to the MIB Life Index. Year-to-date (YTD), U.S. application activity is off -3.6%, compared to the same eleven months in 2005.
U.S. application volume was off across all three age groups � ages 0-44 down -8.4% (the lowest value for November seen since the Index�s inception), ages 45-59 off -4.7% and ages 60+ off slightly -0.6% versus November 2005. November�s -2.1% decline compared to this past October was chiefly driven by changes in the 0-44 age group down -3.2%, and the 60+ age group off -1.5%, with 45-59 remaining flat.
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About the MIB Life Index
The MIB Life Index is the life insurance industry’s timeliest measure of application activity across the U.S. Released to the media each month, the Index is based on the number of searches life member company underwriters perform on the MIB Checking Service database. Since the vast majority of individually underwritten life premium dollars in North America include an MIB search as a routine underwriting requirement, the MIB Life Index provides a reasonable means to estimate new business activity.
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