Study of Modes of Exit of Life – Insurance Policy Holders in Nigeria: Trends and Patterns



Life Insurance contract is that under which one party pays a certain sum of money referred to as premium to another party in return on the happening of specified contingency (ices). These contingencies include: deaths, maturity, surrender lapsed and paid-up. These however, operate simultaneously as mutually exclusive events that impinge negatively on the life assurance portfolio.

Most life assurance policyholders complain of the adverse effect of inflation on the policy values at the time of payment on the happening of the contingencies. This has resulted in a high rate of lapse, surrender and conversion to paid-up status. This study therefore, investigates the effects of these multiple decrements on life assurance portfolios, which resulted in the hypothesis propounded and tested in this research. Based on the findings, the study recommends that life insurance companies should enlighten the public more on the benefits of life assurance and evolve some incentives so as to avoid the negative impact of these modes of decrement on life assurance portfolios.

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