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For many businesses, the start of the 2012 U.S. East Coast hurricane season coincides with a particularly precarious time: Although the economy in some areas of the world appears to be edging toward recovery, budgets remain tight and insurance rates for Property Catastrophe coverage are up as much as 25 percent.

Against this backdrop, agents and brokers have a critical role to play in supporting their clients. With catastrophic risks looming, they can help clients with pre-loss planning.

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