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According to the Insurance Information Institute, the uneventful 2006 hurricane season has led insurers to set aside billions of dollars in order to strengthen their claim-paying capacity for the next 15-20 years.

The I.I.I estimates property/casualty insurers raised its overall claim-paying resources by $55.7 billion last year, compared to the record $62 billion increase in 2003 used to recover from the effects of the terrorist attacks on September 11.

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