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According to Benefits, life insurers will have to prepare for the possibility that the life span of life insurance policyholders, annuity holders and pension plan participants could fall.


  1. According to the article, the provisional life expectancy at birth in the first half of 2020 was at its lowest level since what year?
  2. Is it due to COVID?
  3. What are the significant uncertainties concerning future U.S. longevity?
  4. Why is this important to an accountant?


Bell, A. (2021) Uncertainty about mortality will rattle life, health and pension sectors. Benefits, June 9 (Retrievable online at