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NU Online News Service, Aug. 23, 1:09 p.m. EDT

After a lull in investing in insurance-linked securities in 2009, the market showed a sharp uptick in investment interest in 2010.

In its third annual report, Aon Benfield Securities, a subsidiary of Chicago-based insurance broker Aon Corp., said over a 12-month period ending June 30 of this year, insurance-linked securities achieved a 170 percent increase, rising from $1.7 billion and 11 transactions during the 12-month period in 2009 to $4.6 billion and 20 transactions this year.

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