The United States has experienced significant changes to life expectancy for individual groups—both improvements and degradations—based on lifestyle habits, socioeconomic factors, and medical advancements.

The granularity and individuality of these improvements aren’t captured by traditional actuarial methods and aggregated data, leading to abrupt mortality recognitions and substantial financial strain.


How are volatile life expectancy trends affecting your portfolio?

Are you considering a range of mortality shock scenarios?

An earthquake, terrorist attack, or pandemic could cause a major financial shock to your portfolio. The impact of these short-term mortality events commonly requires information from disparate data sources and models, making an integrated view of risk a challenge.



Verisk’s holistic portfolio risk analytics are here to help.

By taking a probabilistic approach to risk modeling, Verisk’s portfolio analytics capture a range of possible life expectancy improvements and degradations while considering the impact of mortality shock events.


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Life Risk Navigator enables an in-depth understanding of the range of scenarios that can affect your portfolio, driving informed risk decisions for sustainable growth.

  • Understand mortality improvements by cause.
  • Differentiate mortality improvements by individual.
  • Assess correlation in mortality and trend risk across policies and contracts.
  • Integrate short-term mortality shocks.
  • Apply reinsurance and swaps in aggregate or at an individual level.

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