Hartford, Conn. - Cycle management is the key driver of P&C insurance company investment strategies today, according to a new study by Conning Research and Consulting, Inc.

"Regardless of size or underwriting focus, P&C insurers adjusted their investment portfolios in response to cycles in the underwriting and economic conditions from 2000 to 2004," said Clint Harris, analyst at Hartford, Conn.-based Conning Research & Consulting. "We may now be seeing the beginnings of a more profound change in investment strategies as a result of enterprise risk management. However, hard data indicate that underwriting cycle management is still the catalyst behind most changes in allocation among principal investment classes."

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