The “Life Settlement Index” discontinued

The “Life Settlement Index” discontinued

A few days ago trade papers reported that the “Life Settlement Index” has been discontinued by its founder AA Partners Ltd of St Gallen, Switzerland. The article included the following statements; “AA Partners has discontinued its index comparing the performance of life settlements with two other indexes after a study found that many fund managers inflate the value of the asset.….Hess said his firm thus concluded that the index contained funds whose net asset values were wrong and didn’t reflect actual performance.”

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Tuesday 9th February 2016     Valuation, Index, Benchmarking, Life Settlements Index

Estimating Gross Market Return for Life Settlements: Are your calculations correct?

Estimating Gross Market Return for Life Settlements: Are your calculations correct?

The science around Medical underwriting continues to evolve in the dynamic environment of human longevity while the discussion around appropriate methodologies for uniform financial analysis is timely given the post GFC environment where lack of suitable robust analysis was the root of many a financial failure. You can have the finest underwriting and the best return analysis tools but unless you have the skills to select the best policies these will be wasted.

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Wednesday 16th April 2014     Index, Life Insurance Policy, Life Settlements, ROI

A Life Settlements Benchmark/Index: We are not there yet!

A Life Settlements Benchmark/Index: We are not there yet!

In all asset classes, both Investors and Managers alike, look where possible to have access to and industry wide benchmark/index to assess performance and compare themselves with their peers. Clearly this is a good thing when available. The trap for the uninformed or novice investor is to distinguish between true benchmarking and the marketing “Spin”.

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