An article hit the wires today – aimed at the insurance industry – that carried the combustible fragrance of a Molotov cocktail.
Originally appearing in “The Big Money” section of Slate and penned by Benjamin Popper, a self-proclaimed “writer and dancer based in New York,” the diatribe points an angry, gnarled finger at the life settlements industry, calling it “grim reaping.”
As Popper proclaims: “It’s no surprise that in recent years the market for investing in life settlements–buying a stake in someone else’s insurance and collecting the reward when they die–has grown tenfold to nearly $20 billion. Life settlements can offer legitimate value to investors and policyholders, but the industry remains largely unregulated. And just like the overcooked mortgage securities market, they’ve launched a flood of fraudulent policies–this time on people’s lives.”
And that was all in the first paragraph. There are roughly another 1,500 words to go and Popper’s barely getting worked into a lather at this point. Click here for the full story.
Though heavy-handed at times, I’m not saying Popper doesn’t make any good points, particularly when looking at the regulatory side of life settlements, where he quotes Doug Head, president of the Life Settlement Association.