The nation's beleaguered mortgage insurance companies wrote $7.54 billion of new traditional MI policies in July, its third worst volume month of the year.

Compared to the same month a year ago, new business fell by 39%, according to figures compiled by the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA), a trade group.

July was the industry's weakest month in terms of new applications received: 44,532 -- almost half the number received in July 2008.

Meanwhile, MICA reported that primary insurance defaults rose to 94,571 units in July, the second highest reading of the year for the industry.

January was the worst month of the year for defaults at 106,482. The data was culled from six of the nation's seven MI companies.

Triad, which is self-liquidating, is not represented in the numbers.

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