The latest life insurance sales statistics reveal that the rapid growth of index universal life products shows no signs of slowing down.
LIMRA announced on Sept. 5 that individual life insurance premium grew 6 percent in the first half of 2013, despite policy count declining by 3 percent over the same period. Index universal life and whole life drove the increase.
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“Both products are well-matched for a low-interest and uncertain economic climate, offering the principle protection and growth opportunity that consumers are seeking,” said Ashley Durham, senior analyst, LIMRA Insurance Research.
Universal life policy count fell 16 percent in the first half of 2013, but new premium still managed to rise by 1 percent. Index universal life, meanwhile, continues to be the hot product. New premium is up 23 percent so far this year — and that’s compared to the product’s already strong figures from 2012, when IUL premium was up 29 percent over 2011. LIMRA said the growth of IUL has been the biggest driver of overall sales growth this year.