Gen Re Announces 2019 U.S. Individual Disability Market Survey Results


Ausgabe: June 2020 | Life/Health North America

Another year of overall positive results for Individual Disability marketplace

Portland, Maine, June 22, 2020 – Gen Re’s recently released U.S. Individual Disability Market Survey reveals that overall, the market had positive results in 2019. The 16 participating companies combined for an increase of 0.7% in total in-force premium to $4.9 billion and a similar 0.7% increase in total new sales to $426.3 million. These results include Non-Cancelable (Non-Can), Guaranteed Renewable (GR) and Buy-Sell products.

Additional highlights from this annual benchmark report include:

  • Non-Can in-force premium increased slightly (0.6%) to almost $4.2 billion, accounting for 85% of total in-force premium, while GR in-force premium grew 1.9% to $664.5 million. Buy-Sell in-force premium has been trending downward since 2009 and fell 2.6% to $56.5 million in 2019.
  • Non-Can and Buy-Sell new sales premium grew 1.7% and 0.4%, respectively, while new sales premium for GR declined 3.8%.
  • Overall, total new policies declined 5.9%. By product line, Non-Can policies fell 3.9%, GR fell 8.7% and Buy-Sell policies were down 6.3%. Meanwhile, total in-force policies decreased 1.1%.

The Market Survey is an annual benchmark survey produced by Gen Re, with the full results available only to participating companies. A summary report is available online at


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Steve Woods
VP, Senior Account Executive