Surrenda-Link Sees Credit Crunch Boost Investor Interest in Life Settlements



    
    Low Market Correlation and Predictable Returns Underpins Interest From
    Investors
    

    CHESTER, England, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Surrenda-link Investment Management,
Europe's premier traded life policy investment specialist(1), has received
soaring levels of enquiries from institutional investors regarding US Life
Settlement investments. The company attributes the accelerated growth in
enquiry levels to the credit crunch and the ensuing 'flight to safety'.
    As a predictable, low market-correlated investment, Life Settlements are
proving to be particularly attractive given current market turbulence.
Surrenda-link forecasts a boom in Life Settlement investment for the rest of
2008 and throughout 2009.
    Life Settlements are life insurance policies issued by US life companies
insuring mainly U.S. lives, which are traded in the secondary market.
Investors buy the legal rights to the policy and pay premiums before making a
return by collecting the entire death benefit of the policy upon the death of
the life insured.
    The key determinant of investor return is accurately estimating the life
expectancy of the insured when purchasing the policy. With expert
actuarially-based asset valuation and acquisition, coupled with prudent policy
diversification, the investment performance of Surrenda-link-advised Life
Settlement portfolios are largely immune from the effects of the credit
crunch.
    The Senior Life Settlement market has grown from $0 in the mid-1990s(2)
to an estimated $15bn in 2008(3). The market potential is thought to be $160bn
"over the next several years(4)".
    Frank Creighton, Surrenda-link's Executive Manager, Marketing &
Communication, said: "The current high level of risk aversion in the market
has resulted in booming interest in US Life Settlements. Institutional
investors are increasingly recognising that Life Settlement funds can
withstand volatility in the capital markets. The time is now right for this
alternative 'safe haven' asset."

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    
    1 - Surrenda-link is the premier full service traded life policy
        specialist in Europe: it is the largest and most established (GBP1bn
        FUMA (31 December 2007), 150 employees, established 1990).
    2 & 4 - Bernstein Research Call, 4 March 2005
    3 - Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA) Spring Conference, 14
        May 2008
    

    ABOUT SURRENDA-LINK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

    Surrenda-link Investment Management the largest and most established full
service traded life policy specialist in Europe. The company is expert on
predictable, low market-correlated investments based on traded life policy and
longevity based products. These products provide an alternative to investment
in traditional capital markets.
    Surrenda-link designs, builds, advises and manages funds for
institutional investors worldwide. In partnership with leading institutions, a
range of predictable, low market-correlated investments has been developed.
Primarily, Surrenda-link deals with U.S. Life Settlements and UK endowment
policies (known as TEPs - Traded Endowment Policies).
    Funds advised by Surrenda-link benefit from a unique value-based pricing
system, delivering higher average returns than cash and bonds with lower
average risk than equities and property.
    Having inaugurated the large scale Traded Endowment Policy market almost
20 years ago, Surrenda-link has developed into Europe's leading traded life
investment specialists and is a major player in the U.S. traded life policy
market.

    
    Surrenda-link advised on the following innovations:

    -   the world's first TEP investment fund (launched 1992)
    -   First offshore TEP fund (OEIC) (launched 1996)
    -   First hybrid TEP/Property fund (launched 1999)
    -   First ever London Stock Exchange listed Life Settlement fund (listed
        2004).
    

    Surrenda-link funds under management and advice total GBP1.029 billion
(31 December 2007).

    Potential institutional investors should contact:  invest@slinvest.co.uk

    Website: http://www.surrendalink.co.uk





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Frank Creighton, Head of
Marketing and Communication, t: +44(0)1244-615607, m: +44(0)7899-890915,
fcreighton@surrendalink.co.uk; Surrenda-link Press Office, Tel:
+44(0)1244-615607

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