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An article in today’s Wall Street Journal got me thinking about how to put the BP oil spill into perspective.

 The gist of it is that although insured losses from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast oil spill could reach $3.5 billion insured, according to Moody’s, this disaster and the volcanic ash mess earlier this year could end up being a shot in the arm for the insurance industry. In the case of the oil spill,  80 percent of the losses will be carried by self-insured BP, and the volcanic ash thing had little impact on insured losses. The “upside” is, insurers will be able to hike rates on property coverage for oil rigs and offshore energy liability insurance to reflect the increase in risk.

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