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Two recent reports by the same analyst firm illustrate the unpredictability of the insurance-pricing cycle, as one report notes industry reserves are approaching inadequacy, while the other states that property-catastrophe rate increases, which had led the charge out of the soft market, appear to be slowing.

A Stifel Nicolaus report analyzing National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ data released through SNL Financial states that industry reserves remain adequate for now—but contends that insurers are “flirting with inadequacy,” with Workers’ Comp possessing the greatest risk of experiencing deficiencies.

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