When it comes to mitigating financial risk, insurers are rightly vigilant against sudden economic swings that could enervate their investment portfolios. This seems especially prudent given the events of the past two years.

However, a less dramatic but equally dangerous risk may come from something mundane—interest rates. New York-based Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has published an article, “Interest Rate Risk: Why Both Decreases And Increases In Rates Can Vex Insurers,” that analyzes the issue.

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