Insurance professionals have monitored the life settlements industry with a watchful eye in the aftermath of the significant market contraction a decade ago.

But after working through some challenges related to regulation, capital flow and underwriting, the life settlements industry is coming off another year of growth in 2018 and seems poised to remain on that steady growth trajectory.

Conning & Co. released an independent study of the market in November titled “Life Settlements: Continued Growth, Positive Outlook.” The report said, “The volume of new settlements continues to increase, a positive indicator for growth in the number of in-force life settlements.”

Another independent market study conducted in 2018 was published last June by The Deal, in which they reported a 19 percent increase in life settlement transactions during the prior year.

As we embark on a new year, we see three prominent trends in the life settlements industry:

  1. Direct-to-consumer marketing.
  2. Technology advancements that improve underwriting.
  3. More capital flowing into the asset class.


Insurance News Article dated February 6, 2019

By Darwin Bayston

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