The latest Amrita Life Settlement Index shows continued improvement in the life settlement market, with a 4.8% gain from 706.3 points in October to 739.6 points in November.

In December 2009, the index stood at about 500 points.

The November increase marked improvement in demand for life insurance policies on the secondary market for the fourth straight month, notes Amrita Financial Inc., Oceanside, Calif. Its index tracks buying activity among licensed life settlement providers.

-Trevor Thomas