New York--New catastrophe models may push catastrophe insurancerates up as much as 30 percent, according to an insurance companyexpert.

The observation came during Swiss Re's annual year-end "Economicand Insurance Industry Review of 2005 and Outlook for 2006" forumheld here today.

However, Swiss Re management cautioned it is still too early toknow for certain how much rates will eventually rise as a result ofthis past season's hurricanes.

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