April 2011 Blog Posts (15)

How do you audit a risk management program?

With so many risk management standards and government regulations out there that require risk assessments, how should internal audit evaluate the effectiveness of your organization’s risk management program?  How would you apply any one of these frameworks to an audit?  How do you meet the reporting requirements of so many external stakeholders from regulators to investors…


Added by Steven Minsky on April 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to put ERM tools on your GRC shortlist

If you’re considering automating your governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) program there are dozens of choices out there and choosing the one that’s best for your program can be challenging.

While many tools out there can document controls and test compliance, managing enterprise-wide governance, risk, and compliance is about much more.  It’s about adding…


Added by Steven Minsky on April 25, 2011 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Nassim Taleb & Richard Herring - The Black Swan Debate

Black swans or to be precise, living with them is an interesting discussion that Nassim Taleb and Richard Herring have captured and published on the internet.
There are some valid and fascinating points from this chit-chat that I believe are worthy of…

Added by Martin Davies on April 23, 2011 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The 98th copy of POWERLINES, my Stakeholder Reputation Management Tips E-zine is now available

It contains articles:

1 - Leading Article: Your name is a Precious Commodity

2 - Thinking Quickly - A Quick Reframe

3 - Some Q & A

4 - Selected Articles of Interest & Concern

5 - Stakeholder Reputation Group on Linkedin

6 - Understanding Reputation Risk

7 - Stakeholder Engagement Social Media Style

8 - Upcoming Training & Speaking events

Access it online: http://mim.io/584301 -…


Added by Deon Binneman on April 22, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

Satelites Mexicanos bankruptcy protection

According to the news released by Reuters (link) on Wednesday, April 6, 2011; Satelites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex) filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court. Reuters stated that in court papers, Satmex said it will raise about $325 million in new financing by issuing high yield debt. It will also raise $96.2 million of new equity through a rights issue.

Thanks to the MORE… Continue

Added by modeFinance on April 15, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments

How Basel III impacts counterparty risk

The purpose of the presentation is to look at some of the key hurdles for Basel III but from a counterparty risk perspective.

Key areas which have been covered include some of the following:

» Understand how new requirements of Basel III…


Added by Martin Davies on April 13, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

5 Ways to put Risk Appetite into action

An organization-wide risk appetite can be a powerful statement that gives your risk or compliance program direction.  However, like any policy, risk appetite without accompanying action is nothing more than an idea.

So how do you give your risk appetite teeth?  How do you make it an actionable guide for your…


Added by Steven Minsky on April 12, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

A presentation on how Counterparty Risk systems work

A presentation has been released by Causal Capital on how to calculate counterparty risk exposure in a bank.

The approach taken in this presentation is to look at how each department contributes to the overall framework for dimensioning Counterparty Risk measures at both a contractual and…


Added by Martin Davies on April 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments



The spontaneous revolutions in the Arab countries resulted in the deposing of the despotic regimes in some of them, while in others /Jordan, Syria, Libya/ they grow in scale through armed clashes and mass  peaceful protests aiming the final removal of the discredited rulers. This wave of discontent can possibly incite certain forces in some of these countries to redraw the borders in the region as they were determined with the participation of the European powers in…


Added by Dimitar Zayakov on April 8, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Security risks in Abidjan

The situation in Ivory Coast and mainly in the economic capital Abidjan since last year’s presidential elections remains unstable. The newly elected head of state Alassane Ouattara was also recognized by the international community too. In spite of this his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo refuses until now to step down /under the pretext that the elections have been manipulated/ and organizes an armed resistance against the legally elected President. The clashes currently have…


Added by Dimitar Zayakov on April 8, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

How Do You Maximize Your Effectiveness in Job Interviews?

Dear  GlobalRisk Community member,

Many of you recently inquired about tips and suggestions for assisting you in preparing for job interviews. According to a recent report, hiring managers spend 80% of their time evaluating compatibility and only 20% on skill sets during the formal interview process. Understanding how to make an impact during the in-person interview is critical to improving your interview-to-offer ratio. We are happy to share a full webinar recording from…


Added by Boris Agranovich on April 6, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

US regulators release new proposed rules for Credit Risk Retention

New proposed rules for Asset Backed Securities have been released by the US regulatory agencies for comment. These rules are aimed at addressing the way in which banks securitize their loan portfolios and are a response to one of the main causes for the credit crisis in 2008.

What lies ahead for banks and…


Added by Martin Davies on April 6, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Sport Media Group files for bankruptcy

According to the news in link on 2 April 2011, the publisher of “the Sunday Sport” and “The Daily Sport” has filed for bankruptcy since it has failed to meet its debts.

Thanks to predictive feature of MORE ratings (link), it was already clear, by the year 2009, that the company was facing… Continue

Added by modeFinance on April 5, 2011 at 9:51am — No Comments

New ISO Standard ISO 10674 for Credit Rating Agencies

The International Organisation for Standardization has recently published a new ISO standard that targets rating agencies specifically. It announced this release on the 30th of March 2011 and is classifying the Credit Rating Agency Standard as a unique set of requirements labelled ISO 10674. In this article we are briefly going to look at what this standard aims to achieve, why it has come into existence and how it…


Added by Martin Davies on April 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Japanese Nuclear Crisis: lessons for risk managers

The nuclear crisis still unfolding at Fukushima Daiichi continues to threaten a meltdown as core temperatures and radiation leaks continue to fluctuate.  The disaster is one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.  However the vulnerabilities at the power station are not isolated to Japan or utility companies; they are common risk management shortcomings in operational practices seen in every country and every…


Added by Steven Minsky on April 1, 2011 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

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