“New business premiums in the term life assurance category grew by 7.7% in 2012, accompanied by an increase in mortgage-related protection sales. Term life assurance (excluding accelerated critical illness benefit) dominated the UK long-term protection market, accounting for 26.8% of the total new business regular premium in 2012. Household finances continued to be squeezed, which reduced the demand for discretionary term life and other protection products. The fall in mortgage lending led to a decline in sales of term life policies taken out with interest-only or repayment mortgages. The term life assurance category remained resilient, however, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.53% during the review period (2008â2012).
Level-term assurance products, offering the same level of cover throughout the period of the policy, accounted for 72.2% of the total term life new business premiums. Decreasing-term assurance policies, usually purchased by individuals who may only wish to protect their mortgage, represented 27.8% of the total new business premiums. Despite the difficult economic background and mortgage market instability, life insurers delivered a steady volume of new business in both the level and decreasing-term assurance sub-categories during the review period.