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What: Shares of insurer Flagstone Reinsurance
So what: There are plenty of reasons to be upset about the disaster in Japan, but investors in insurers that cover catastrophes will almost certainly have to brace themselves for losses. Flagstone's annual report notes that it does "a significant amount of catastrophe business in Japan," so there is good reason for investors to prepare themselves for a hit. Platinum Underwriters
Now what: The extent to which any particular insurer will get whacked is still conjecture at this point. However, the best insurers should be able to handle the fallout and keep both customers and shareholders happy. I'd keep an eye out for market overreactions here that could make some insurers' stocks attractive.
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