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A report issued recently by Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, says that two economic problems — inflation and the global credit crunch — could put big-time pressure on the global casualty reinsurance industry, especially if a claim lag occurs.

The report first looked at monetary inflation, which it said may not be an immediate concern for reinsurers because a worldwide recession and depressed growth levels are containing inflation risk. However, “quantitative easing” by governments into the financial system could set the stage for inflation within a few years.

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