Barring any late-year catastrophic events, the U.S. P&C industry appears to be on track to post a third consecutive year of underwriting profits.

Net premiums written increased by 3.9% to $258.8 billion, while net income jumped 17.9% to $31 billion, A.M. Best says. However, policyholders’ surplus remained flat from its 2014 position, due to increased stockholder dividends, other changes in surplus and unrealized capital losses.

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