While insurers weathered last year’s record catastrophe losses without sparking a widespread hard market, the chief executive of the Insurance Services Office cautioned that population growth and soaring home values in vulnerable areas are boosting carrier exposures to dangerous levels.

The ability of the industry to withstand record losses from 2005′s hurricanes was “a testament to their strong capitalization prior to last year’s storms, and their risk management,” along with the industry’s sharing of risk globally, said Frank J. Coyne, chairman, president and CEO of the Jersey City-based ISO.

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