The micro versus macro view in life settlements

Life settlement investing, which has had a rocky road since its origins in the 1980s, has settled into a pattern.

At the top of the value chain stand major investment firms such as Apollo and Blackstone, which buy and sell life insurance policies in large blocks. Breaking that mold is RessCapital AB, a Swedish firm that manages life settlement investment funds. By getting granular, analyzing and buying at the level of the individual policy, not a bloc, the firm has been able to achieve compelling returns.

The firm’s assets under management have now reached . . .

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Christopher Faille

Christopher Faille has written on a variety of legal, regulatory, and financial issues for decades. He is the author of "The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court" (1995), for example, and the coauthor, with David O'Connor, of "Basic Economic Principles" (2000). He was an early reporter with Lipper HedgeWorld and has contributed to Forbes and to the Hedge Fund Law Report.

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