MIB Life Index Reports U.S. Life Insurance Activity Declines 2.0% in September Q3 Activity off 2.6% from 2009 Levels

BRAINTREE, Mass., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. application activity for individually underwritten life insurance declined -2.0% in September year-over-year, all ages combined, according to the MIB Life Index(SM).  Activity for the third quarter declined by -2.6% when compared against the same quarter 2009.  The growth burst in application activity from September '09 through January '10 has waned over the subsequent 8 months -- from January's year-to-date (YTD) high of +1.2%,  falling to -1.0% YTD by September's end.  For the month, September's activity was up +9.7% over August, a jump typically seen in this time period.

The U.S. MIB Life Index by age group for September showed ages 0-44, off -5.5%; ages 45-59, flat at -0.2%; and ages 60+, up +8.7% year-over-year.  In the middle age market (45-59), this is the second consecutive month of flat activity in a year peppered by gains and losses.  Growth in the 60 + age group has tempered from double-digits in May, posting in single digit growth for the last four consecutive months.

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U.S. Monthly Percent Change

vs. 2009

Sept. 2010

-2.0%

Aug. 2010

-1.8%

YTD 2010

-1.0%

Q1 2010/Q1 2009

+1.3%

Q2 2010/Q2 2009

-1.8%

Q3 2010/Q3 2009

-2.6%






U.S. Monthly Percent Change by Age

(year-over-year)


Sep. '10

Aug. '10

Jul. '10

0 - 44

-5.5%

-5.2%

-7.4%

45- 59

-0.2%

-0.5%

-2.8%

60 +

+8.7%

+8.9%

+7.0%





U.S. Monthly Percent Change

vs. Prior Month

Sept. 2010

+9.7%




About the MIB Life Index

The MIB Life Index is the life insurance industry's timeliest measure of application activity in the United States. 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.  For past releases and an email subscription visit www.mib.com/lifeindex.

About MIB Group, Inc.

MIB Group, Inc. is the premier provider of Internet-based information and knowledge services to the risk management market in North America and is a leading facilitator of electronic insurance commerce.  MIB Group, Inc. companies include MIB, Inc. and MIB Solutions, Inc. (www.mib.com).

Contact:

David O. Aronson  

MIB Group, Inc.    

781-751-6330

daronson@mibsolutions.com



SOURCE MIB Group, Inc.



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