Property-casualty insurers’ investment income should be up in 2008, but pricing for all lines and reinsurance should be down, according to a recent analysis by a leading investment firm.

The report, with estimates for 2008 and 2009 by New York-based Merrill Lynch, states that despite falling prices, the firm is “not expecting an irrational price war to emerge and price declines should stay in the single digits for most lines of business.”

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