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A financial analyst says losses from Superstorm Sandy could be even higher than Risk Management Solutions’ $20 billion to $25 billion estimate once infrastructure losses are factored in.

Meyer Shields with Stifel Nicolaus cites damage to New York City’s transit system as a loss that could drive the ultimate total higher than current estimates.

Vincent M. DeAugustino, an associate analyst for Stifel Nicolaus, says that the assessment that the transit system losses could make storm losses higher comes from the transit system’s experience with Hurricane Irene last year. He says MTA losses were shared  between FEMA and private insurers, pirmarily American International Group and Lloyd’s. He says the assumption is that the same would be expected with Sandy.

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