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Generally speaking, the economy is more resilient than most pundits presume but nevertheless will continue to face prolonged stagnation in the next couple of years. The downtrend in economic indicators, along with shrinking investment income projections are chief conditions guiding the latest edition of Conning’s “Property-Casualty Forecast & Analysisreport.

In the forecast, which projects P&C industry growth and performance from 2011-2013, the Hartford, Conn.-based firm offers a decidedly “gloomy” view for insurers. An overriding concern is that after the compression of revenues in recent years, many anticipated a rebound in both the economy and in interest rates, neither of which occurred.

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