Gen Re Announces 2016 U.S. Group Term Life Market Survey Results


Ausgabe: May 2017 | Life/Health North America

For immediate release
May 9, 2017

Portland, ME, May 9, 2017 … Gen Re has released results of the 2016 U.S. Group Term Life Market Survey, the annual industry benchmark survey covering Group Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) in-force and new sales premium results for the U.S. market, representing combined employer-paid and employee-paid business.

According to the participating companies (29 for Group Term Life; 27 for AD&D), sales and in-force premium growth was positive for both products. Key observations include:

  • Participants reported $23.7 billion in total Group Term Life in-force premium, a 3% increase compared to 2015.
  • The total number of employers offering coverage rose by 3%, while the total number of insured employees grew at a more modest pace of 1%.
  • Group AD&D in-force premium was up by a healthy 6%, while new sales premium exhibited a more significant gain of 19% after a decade of mostly declining sales.
  • For the second year in a row, new Group Term Life sales premium increased, growing by 4% to reach $2.5 billion.

Reported Group Term Life new sales volume among participants showed a 7% gain over 2015. At $82,138, the average face amount for new Group Term Life policies was also up by 7% in 2016.

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