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Indications of Capital Returning to Life Settlements Market

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Early indications of renewed interest in the life settlements market are focused on existing pools of policies, according to a new study by Conning. “The life settlements market continues to show signs of recovery,” said Scott Hawkins, analyst at Conning. “Life settlement transactions increased in 2013 for the […]

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HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Early indications of renewed interest in the life settlements market are focused on existing pools of policies, according to a new study by Conning.

“The life settlements market continues to show signs of recovery,” said Scott Hawkins, analyst at Conning. “Life settlement transactions increased in 2013 for the second year in a row, and indications are that 2014 will likely continue that trend. The all-important institutional investor interest is focused on the tertiary market of existing settled policies.”

The Conning study, “Life Settlements: Growing Unmet Need, Increasing Opportunity” provides Conning’s annual Life Settlements Market Review and Forecast, along with market guidance. The study analyzes the challenges of aligning interests in this market and building a diversified portfolio. This study is the eleventh such report on the market published by Conning.

“While our long term forecast for life settlements over the next ten years is for growth in new settlements, that growth will not be sufficient to offset the decrease in in-force life settlements through claims,” said Steve Webersen, director of research at Conning. “The resulting reduction of the in-force market will intensify tertiary market competition. We will be watching for above-forecast indications of new market initiatives building volume through smaller face value and long term care policy settlements.”


Originally published September 2014, compliments of Conning Finance