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I’ll now turn the call over to David Cash.
Thank you, Greg. Good morning and welcome to our call. The fourth quarter was once again a challenging one for the insurance and reinsurance industry, with significant catastrophe loss activity dominating company results. As was announced on January 19th, Endurance experienced its fair share of those losses and this is reflected in the results we reported last night. 2011 was a tough year and it’s one that we’re happy to put behind us.Looking forward, I’m pleased to say that we’re seeing positive underwriting and pricing trends across our different businesses. And it’s clear that we’re moving into an improved underwriting environment. Given the positive direction of the market and the strength of our underlying businesses, I believe that Endurance is well positioned for a strong 2012.
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