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Life Insurance Settlement Series

Life Insurance Settlement Series


Overview of the Life Insurance Secondary Market from an Investment Perspective

October 29, 2010


Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) is very pleased to publish the 9th edition of the Life Insurance Settlement Series: “Overview of the Life Insurance Secondary Market from an Investment Perspective.”

By analyzing salient media articles published over the last 12 months, ISI has attempted to identify trends affecting the Life Insurance Secondary Market (“LISM”).  Over 65 investor-related articles and papers were studied, and five main themes were recognized and fleshed out:

  • General Developments in the LISM
  • The Landscape of the Financial Markets
  • Investments and Available Capital in the LISM
  • Securitization of Life Insurance Settlements
  • Best Practices and Standards

Conclusion?  While the economic recession and other factors have resulted in recent pull-back of investor capital, the LISM “asset class” remains vibrant and appears to be maturing, gaining strength,  and moving in pioneering directions.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume IX: Overview of the Life Insurance Secondary Market from an Investment Perspective

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A Critique of the GAO Life Settlement Survey Data

September 15, 2010


Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) is pleased to provide you with the 8th volume of the Life Insurance Settlement Series: “A Critique of GAO Life Settlement Survey Data.”   

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and to put into perspective the survey data collected from the life insurance settlement market (“LISM”) by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”).  ISI’s analysis reveals that in a broad sense, the GAO survey data does support the belief that the LISM provides substantial value for those seniors fortunate enough to learn about it.  However, several vital points of information are missing from the report, and the ever-changing nature of the industry has left many important issues unresolved – issues that are frustrating investors and materially hurting seniors who need liquidity now.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume VIII: A Critique of GAO Life Settlement Survey Data

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Surveys of Seniors Reveal Roadblocks to Reliable Life Settlement Information

September 7, 2010


Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) is pleased to publish the 7th edition of the Life Insurance Settlement Series: “Surveys of Seniors Reveal Roadblocks to Reliable Life Settlement Information.”   This research involved an analysis of the decision-making behavior of consumers who chose to purchase life insurance, and the results reveal that the life insurance settlement option is a missed opportunity for many.  “Roadblocks” prevent consumers from obtaining the forthright and comprehensive information that they need to investigate this option, and those hindrances include: insurer interference, media bias, and inferior industry education.   ISI asks: will stakeholders of the life insurance secondary market step up to the task of educating senior consumers?

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume VII: Surveys of Seniors Reveal Roadblocks to Reliable Life Settlement Information

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Evolution of Life Expectancies in the Life Insurance Secondary Market…Current Trends and New Developments

August 4, 2010


With the gracious support and assistance of many Life Expectancy (LE) Underwriting professionals, the Insurance Studies Institute (ISI) has compiled a history and analysis of the dynamic LE industry. “Evolution of Life Expectancies in the Life Insurance Secondary Market…Current Trends and New Developments,” is ISI’s sixth volume of the Life Insurance Settlement Series.  This publication provides readers with an in-depth look at the challenges and risks inherent to this business, the different methodologies employed by various providers, the critical nature and utilization of mortality tables, and the developments on the horizon that may increase the accuracy of LE evaluations via more sensitive and responsive systems.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume VI: Evolution of Life Expectancies in the Life Insurance Secondary Market

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2010 Life Insurance Secondary Market – Moving Forward

April 6, 2010


“Caution” has been the carryover by-word from 2009 for good reason. Some would like to think the Life Insurance Secondary Market (“LISM”) has faltered. However, the LISM is indeed “moving forward!” This should be welcome news to seniors, investors and many LISM players, but unfortunately not for all. The capital markets turmoil has taken its toll and changes are happening. This paper attempts to summarize many of the dynamics occurring in the LISM as 2010 unfolds and to give perspective to some of the changes and challenges that need to be managed. In addition, ISI has visited with a strong sampling of executives from leading LISM firms to solicit their views on issues that are paramount in their minds.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume V: 2010 Life Insurance Secondary Market – Moving Forward

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Blurring the Lines Between Truth and Myth

February 25, 2010


For the benefit of consumers, we are asking all publishers in the media to edit out fabrications and sensationalism in articles that describe financial, legal, and retirement matters for seniors and to assure such articles are thoroughly researched and accurately reported. We are asking all publishers to help educate consumers with fair and useful knowledge. It is to the benefit of consumers that they are allowed to make decisions based on factual information.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume IV: Blurring the Lines Between Truth and Myth

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“Why Life Settlements?” LifeHealth Magazine, December 2009

December 1, 2009


Managing and insuring risk is no longer an option … it is a necessity for financial survival, and this includes protecting estates and retirement funding. Life insurance, specifically, is an increasingly important risk?management tool for seniors to utilize. Results of a recent survey showed that 60?70% of seniors do own life insurance, but only 50% have some knowledge of life settlements. Life insurance sales to seniors age 55 and older are up as reported by NAIC and ACLI, and numerous reports indicate that seniors plan to delay retirement for 2 – 5 years. Baby boomers and seniors are taking action, I believe, in response to dwindling pension and retirement assets. Read more below…

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume III: Why Life Settlements?

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“Institutionalization of the Secondary Market” LISA’s Life Settlement Review, June 2009

June 1, 2009


The Insurance Studies Institute (“ISI”) hosted its first Insurance Concepts Forum in April 2009, and participants included twenty seven leaders from academia, government, investment sectors, and the life settlement industry. This dynamic group spent two days discussing numerous topics, with a focus on the “Institutionalization of the Life Insurance Secondary Market.” Spirited dialogue sparked several initiatives, including a draft proposal for an industry standards board, considerations toward an industry?wide marketing campaign, research of catastrophic risk management, and development of future forums with targeted themes. Please see full article below.

Life Insurance Settlement Series Volume II:  Institutionalization of the Secondary Market

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“The Stars are in Alignment” LISA’s Life Settlement Review, March 2009

March 1, 2009