Term Insurance Statistics

In the spring of 1993, Penn State University completed a study regarding the fate of term life insurance policies.  The study includes over 20,000 term policies with an aggregate face amount of $4,000,000,000. It includes 1-5 year, 10 year, 20 year, and term to age to age 65 contracts which contained renewal and/or conversion features. 

Here are some interesting results of the study:

  1. More than 90% of all policies are terminated or converted. 
  2. 45% of all policies are terminated or converted in the first year. 
  3. 72% of all policies are terminated or converted within the first 3 years. 
  4. The average duration before termination or conversion is 2 years. 
  5. Less than 1 policy in 10 survives the period for which it was written. 
  6. After 15-20 years exposure, less than 1% of all term life policies are still in force. 
  7. Only 1% of all term insurance resulted in death claims.

Considering the above findings, the odds are 100 to 1 against term insurance ever being a death claim!1

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