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By all accounts, the “new normal” for the economy looks pretty bleak, with reregulation, shrinking global markets and correspondingly low expectations for future growth.

The economy, we’ve been warned, may not go back to 2002-2007 levels for the foreseeable future. For the insurance industry, in particular, a “perfect storm” of soft pricing, loss and expense-ratio increases, and a low-yielding investment market add to the existing capital challenges, distribution-channel changes and capital-markets valuation issues—all of which make charting a course for insurance company directors and executives seem almost impossible. 

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