Death Master File (DMF)

DEFINITION of 'Death Master File (DMF)'

Also known as Social Security Death Index. A list of people whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration since 1962. By definition, the Death Master File only contains death data of people who had Social Security numbers. It's used in clinical studies, as well as by insurance and financial firms, and by government agencies. The data can be found here and here.

BREAKING DOWN 'Death Master File (DMF)'

The information on the list includes the person's name, death date, Social Security Number (SSN), and whether death was verified and a death certificate issued. Currently, there are over 80 million deaths recorded in the file.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Accidental Death Benefit

    The payment due to the beneficiary of an accidental death insurance ...
  2. Additional Death Benefit

    An amount that is paid to the beneficiary of a life insurance ...
  3. Final Return For Decedent

    The final tax return filed for an individual in the year of that ...
  4. Accelerated Death Benefit - ADB

    A benefit that can be attached to a life insurance policy that ...
  5. Social Security

    A United States federal program of social insurance and benefits ...
  6. Transfer On Death - TOD

    A way of designating beneficiaries to receive your assets at ...
Related Articles
  1. Markets

    How a Death Benefit in a Variable Annuity Works

    A look at how the death benefit in a variable annuity works.
  2. Trading

    Making A Living On Death Bonds

    Find out if these macabre bonds are just the new blood your portfolio needs.
  3. Retirement

    When Do I Stop Paying Social Security Tax?

    Almost never, unless you belong to one of these special groups.
  4. Retirement

    An Analysis Of Social Security Benefits And Their Future

    Social Security is a significant driver of the US economy--as good a reason as any to make sure you understand it!
  5. Retirement

    Who Pays Your Social Security Benefits?

    The short answer is, current earners. Taxes on current wages pay the Social Security benefits of retirees, the disabled, children and other beneficiaries.
  6. Retirement

    Introduction to Social Security

    You've probably contributed to this fund, but will you reap the benefits? Find out here.
  7. Retirement

    The Purpose of a Social Security Statement

    Learn what information your Social Security benefit statement contains and how you can use the information to more intelligently plan for retirement.
  8. Financial Advisor

    Advising FAs: Explaining Life Insurance to a Client

    Life insurance was initially designed to protect the income of families, particularly young families in the wealth accumulation phase, in the event of the head of household's death.
  9. Retirement

    Can Lump Sum Payments Fix Social Security?

    Solving the problems that riddle Social Security won't be carried out with a single solution. Here's one idea that could help reform the program.
  10. Retirement

    Why the Wealthy Should Buy Lots of Life Insurance

    Wealthy clients have an enviable problem — managing, preserving and growing wealth. Properly structured life insurance can help with these goals.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What should I do with my husband's annuity now that he has passed away?

    I am the sole surviving owner and beneficiary of my husband's and my annuity. My husband passed prior to annuitization of ... Read Answer >>
  2. How can traders profit from a death cross pattern?

    Seek long-term profits by using the death cross pattern to identify either a trading entry point or a major resistance level ... Read Answer >>
  3. How can a partial redemption be withdrawn after somebody's death?

    My husband passed away on the 23rd of March. On th... Read Answer >>
  4. Do beneficiaries pay taxes on life insurance?

  5. What does it mean when an index or stock exhibits a death cross?

    Find out what it means when an index, stock or exchange exhibits a death cross pattern between its short-term and long-term ... Read Answer >>
  6. What happens to my Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA) balance when I die?

    Understand that in the event of your death, Locked-In Retirement Account death benefits will be transferred to your partner, ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Glass-Steagall Act

    An act the U.S. Congress passed in 1933 as the Banking Act, which prohibited commercial banks from participating in the investment ...
  2. Quantitative Trading

    Trading strategies based on quantitative analysis which rely on mathematical computations and number crunching to identify ...
  3. Bond Ladder

    A portfolio of fixed-income securities in which each security has a significantly different maturity date. The purpose of ...
  4. Duration

    A measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. ...
  5. Dove

    An economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that ...
  6. Cyclical Stock

    An equity security whose price is affected by ups and downs in the overall economy. Cyclical stocks typically relate to companies ...
Trading Center