NEW YORK, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Deal, The Street’s (NASDAQ: TST) institutional business, today issued results from its annual survey of the life settlement market showing that transactions stopped their precipitous decline last year as the face value of life insurance policies sold reached $2.57 billion, an increase from $2.13 billion the year before.
The survey, compiled from information obtained through public records requests to state insurance departments, includes data from 36 life settlement providers, including seven that reported no transactions at all.
“This is the first time in several years in which the number of life settlement transactions has gone up. This can only mean the market is starting to bounce back after years of being in the doldrums following the recession,” said Donna Horowitz, Senior Editor for The Deal. “One of the main challenges that lies ahead for the market to continue to grow is consumer awareness.
Most people still do not know that they have the right to sell their policies. Unlike the reverse mortgage market, the life settlement market remains largely unknown to the public.”
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The number of policy sales, at 1,356, represented 10 more deals than in 2011 when the total face value purchased was led the market in the total number of transactions, buying 637 policies in 2013 compared to 597 policies the year before.