What You Need to Know
- Indexed life products flourished.
- Whole life products sold a little better than in the third quarter of 2020.
- Fixed universal life policies sold poorly.
A combination of low interest rates, inflation worries and a new, intense COVID-19 surge put U.S. life insurance prospects in a thoughtful mood in the third quarter.
Wink, a Des Moines, Iowa-based life and annuity market tracking company, says the life insurers that participated in its voluntary individual life issuer survey program reported mixed results for the quarter.
Indexed life products that give the purchasers a chance to increase policy growth if investment markets do well and that give the issuers some flexibility when investment markets do poorly flourished.
Whole life products, which provide maximum stability for the policyholders and the issuers, sold a little better than in the third quarter of 2020.
Fixed universal life policies, which give policyholders no chance to benefit from rising interest rates, and issuers less premium flow stability than whole life and more exposure to investment risk than either whole life or indexed life, sold poorly.