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Reinsurers’ earnings rebounded during the first half of 2012, a function of relatively low catastrophe losses so far this year and higher rates in the aftermath of the colossal natural-catastrophe losses that pounded the insurance industry in 2011, according to John Welch, president of XL Re America Inc.

But other factors, including potential hurricane and drought-related losses during the remainder of 2012—as well as reduced insurer demand—threaten to take the shine off the year’s results to date.

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