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Best’s Special Report: U.S. Life/Annuity Industry’s Net Income Drops 80% in First-Quarter 2024

The U.S. life/annuity industry saw its net income drop by 80% in the first quarter of 2024 compared with the same prior-year period, according to preliminary financial results. This financial review is detailed in a new AM Best report, “First Look: Three-Month 2024 US Life/Annuity Financial Results,” and the data is derived from companies’ three-month 2024 interim statutory statements that were received as of June 7, 2024, representing an estimated 98% of total industry premiums and annuity considerations.

According to the Best’s Special Report, the U.S. life/annuity segment saw total revenue increase 16% over first-quarter 2023, driven by a 21% increase in premiums and annuity considerations, a 44% rise in other income and an 8% increase in net investment income. However, expenses for the life/annuity segment increased by just shy of 20%, largely due to a $40.9 billion increase in surrender and other benefits. The resulting pretax net operating gain of $6.9 billion is half of what the industry recorded in the same prior-year period. Factoring in $2.5 billion of net realized capital losses, the industry’s net income of $1.6 billion represents a $6.5 billion decline from the same period in 2023.

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