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Fairfax Files Universal Shelf Prospectus


TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/30/10 -- Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH)(TSX: FFH.U) has filed a preliminary short form base shelf prospectus with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

The filing is intended to restore the original capacity which was available to Fairfax under its existing base shelf prospectus dated September 25, 2009. The shelf prospectus will allow Fairfax to offer from time to time over a 25-month period up to US$2.0 billion of debt, equity or other securities. Should Fairfax offer any securities, it will make a prospectus supplement available that will include the specific terms of the securities being offered.

Upon a receipt being issued for the final short form base shelf prospectus, Fairfax's existing base shelf prospectus will be withdrawn.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited John Varnell Chief Financial Officer (416) 367-4941 Media Contact: Paul Rivett Chief Legal Officer (416) 367-4941