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Acquisitions Hit Record Pace;Outstripped By De-Acquisitions

After last years record high number of insurance company acquisitions, the industry is on track to set a new mark in 2006. Acquisitions in recent years have included insurance companies buying insurance companies, banks and insurers buying each other, and insurance agencies merging. An even greater growth rate, however, is observed in the number of transactions in the opposite direction: divestitures, spin-offs, and break-ups of parts of businesses that no longer fit a corporate strategy, or are worth more “on the block” than as ongoing business segments.

Implications for p-c insurers:

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