New numbers from Aon Benfield underscore the extent to which losses from natural catastrophes have dinged reinsurers.

The Aon Benfield Aggregate (ABA) figures global reinsurer capital at $445 billion on June 30, down 5 percent from $470 billion recorded for the industry on December 31, 2010. Nonetheless, as a whole the 28 firms that comprise the ABA fared better in the second quarter of 2011 than they did in the first as growth of 1 percent was observed in Q2, after a reduction of 6 percent in Q1.

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