Life insurers were a little more likely to hold on to existing group term life business in 2018, but they were noticeably less likely to make new group term life sales.
Analysts at Gen Re have reported data supporting those conclusions in a summary of results from a survey of 25 U.S. group term life issuers.
The analysts found that the total number of workers with group term life from the participating issuers increased 3%. Total in-force premiums rose 5%, to $25 billion.
The number of new group term lives covered fell 7%. The amount of premiums associated with the newly covered lives fell 5%, to $2.5 billion.
Gen Re did not give the number of in-force lives covered or the number of newly covered lives.
Gen Re is a reinsurer and consulting firm. It uses data from its annual group life issuer survey program to run its reinsurance business and to help life insurers, employers, benefits advisors and others interested in the group life market understand market trends.