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Although the pundits are still predicting the end of the soft market, most agents and brokers responding to CIAB’s Commercial P/C Market Index Survey reported an average 6.4 percent decrease in commercial rates for fourth-quarter 2008. Forty-three percent of respondents said premiums for small accounts were down from 1 to 10 percent, with 35 percent reporting no change compared with the third quarter. For medium accounts, 50 percent said premiums were down between 1 and 10 percent while 17 percent saw decreases in the 10 to 20 percent range. Eighteen percent saws no change in rates compared with last quarter.

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