Stress testing generally refers to reviewing a how a company's finances respond to an extreme scenario. As a process, stress testing is familiar to most corporations as they go about the prudent management of their business and continually ask themselves "what if" type questions. In particular, insurance companies over the years have examined how they would fare financially if there were a repeat of such events as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake in
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