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■■ THE METROPOLITAN LIFE ASSURANCB SOCIETY. The ordinary general meeting of this So- ciety was held on the 9th instant at 13, Moor- gate-street, London, E.C., Mr. Sigismund y. Mendl presiding. In moving the adoption of the report and acoounte, the Chairman said the report was not an eventful or a sensational one, but it was not the less satisfactory oo that account. The Society pursued the even tenour of its way, unaffected by wars or rum- oura. of wars. The past year has been a fav- ourable one so far as mortality was con- cerned; they had paid claims on 184 policies. assuring £ 129,361, whereas the expectation" according to the table used in the valuations, was 205 policies, assuring f 165,505. The new business was better than last year by J310,110, and although that was not a very large increase it compared favourably with other offices, for he found that out of 26 of the leading life offices there were only eight besides themselves that showed any increaaa at all. They had had during the past year a number of striking testimonies, entirely un- solicited, from assurers, to the value of their system, and it should be remembered that in the case of an office like theirs where no commission was paid they had to depend largely on the members themselves recom- mending the office and pointing out its ad- vantages. There was no additional division of profit to be made this year; that was hardly to be expected. The most important duty of the directors was to strengthen the reserves so as to make the Society absolutely impregnable. They had therefore decided to reduce the rate of interest on participating policies of the fourth series from 3A to 3 per cent; that absorbed £7,685 from the profit into reserve. They had also carried JB 10,000 to the investment reserve fund to provide for ths depreciation that had taken place during the year in the value of their investments. The report and accounts were unanimously adopted.

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