INSURANCE: Chip off the Old Rock

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How long will you live?

Today everybody expects to live longer. But the man who can give the best longevity estimate, at least for one out of every five Americans, is Carrol Meteer Shanks, president of the Prudential Insurance Co. of America, which has 33.2 million carefully analyzed policyholders. By charting a man's age, background, diseases, job, habits, even his morals, the Pru can chart the odds on the death age down to the last decimal. The Pru's tables show that a male policyholder aged 21 will probably live to be...

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