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Improved conditions in the investment markets and the arrival of new capacity have significantly increased the capital position of Lloyd’s in the first half of 2009, according to a recent report by Aon Benfield.

The new study, “Lloyd’s Update–Evolution,” reveals that in the six months ending June 30, Lloyd’s pro forma capital increased by 13 percent to ?16 billion ($26.12 billion at current exchange rates), and by 30 percent year on year.

Meanwhile, gross premiums written increased by 35 percent from first-half 2008 to ?13.5 billion ($22.04 billion). This was largely due to currency movements and firmer pricing in some of the key Lloyd’s markets, according to the study.

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