Braintree, MA. � (July 7, 2010) U.S. application activity for individually underwritten life insurance declined -3.9% in June year-over-year, all ages combined, according to the MIB Life Indexsm. June�s decline was the largest year-over-year drop in U.S. application volume since March 2009. Overall, the U.S. Life Index experienced alternating monthly gains and losses over the first two quarters of the year resulting in application activity being off fractionally at June�s close, down -0.2% YTD. June�s activity was off -1.4% from May levels; declines are atypical for this time period.
The U.S. MIB Life Index by age group for June showed ages 0-44, off -7.2%; ages 45-59, off -3.1%; and ages 60+, up +8.1% year-over-year. After growth in ten of the last twelve months, ages 45-59 had its largest year-over-year percentage decline since May 2009. Activity in the 60+ age group has paused from double digit growth to single digit for the first time since March 2009.
|U.S. Monthly Percent Change vs. 2009|
|Q2 2010/Q2 2009||-1.8%|
|U.S. Monthly Percent Change vs. Prior Month|
|U.S. Monthly Percent Change by Age
|Jun. ’10||May ’10||Apr. ’10|
|0 – 44||-7.2%||-3.7%||-4.6%|
NOTE: Effective January 2010, MIB will suspend publication of the Canadian Life Index. Increased volatility and ongoing market consolidation has created the need to re-examine the method of calculating the MIB Life Index for Canada.
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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