Life insurers could offset a drop in asset markets, Chicago Fed says

04/23/2013 | National Underwriter Life & Health

The value of life insurers' investments could drop by about 7.8% if asset markets hit a major downturn, but gains on insurance liabilities would make up for 74% of that loss, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Insurance Initiative. Fed analysts made the calculation by using market-price information for a range of financial instruments over the past decade.

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