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Will the property-casualty insurance industry’s impressive financial results for 2006 spur a boom in insurer mergers and acquisitions this year? The smart money is betting on the affirmative, with three-quarters of industry leaders predicting greater consolidation, and experts citing huge profits combined with a softening market as M&A catalysts. “Cash, confidence, competition and cross-border deals drove M&A activity in 2006, and none of these are in short supply as we enter the new year,” according to Daniel Varroney, chief executive officer of the Association for Corporate Growth.

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