HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The difficulties in the Life Settlements market continued in 2012, but the beginnings of a recovery were seen in 2013, according to a new study by Conning..
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“The life settlements asset class continued to struggle to attract new capital through 2012,” said Scott Hawkins, analyst at Conning. “Yet as 2013 developed, some indications of renewed interest in life settlements among investors surfaced. This renewal was driven in part by the prolonged low-interest rate environment, while at the same time; a new market opportunity emerged in the form of long-term care funding opportunities.”

The Conning study, “Life Settlements: A New Opportunity in Smaller Policies” examines the opportunities and challenges in providing funding for long-term care. As always, the report also provides Conning’s annual Life Settlements Market Review and Forecast, along with market guidance and lessons learned for new investors. This is the tenth study of this market published by Conning.

“The prolonged low-interest rate environment continues to attract investors to life settlements, and provides a foundation for continued growth. However, that growth may accelerate due to two distinct opportunities in the long-term care market,” said Steve Webersen, director of research at Conning. “The first opportunity, driven by regulatory changes, is to meet the financial needs of nursing home patients. The second is in helping elderly individuals finance their stay in assisted living facilities and with home health care. These developments, combined with the solid consumer demand and a settling regulatory climate, point towards future growth in this market.”

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