Marcus Cree FRM's Blog (6)

Win or die: Lessons from the Game of Thrones

April 2014 sees the beginning of a new era. An era of consequences, both intended and unintended, heralding a period of increasing centralized power, where understanding the strength of peers will determine success or failure. The month after the latest Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review (CCAR) results, as the Volcker rule becomes law and with single counterparty limits on the horizon, April will also reveal the…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on April 7, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

It’s Risk Jim, But Not As We Know It

On 27th February 2014, the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA), in a joint mission with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) , launched the Global Precipitation Measurement Core, a satellite based observatory designed to provide next generation observations of global snow and rainfall.

 The parallels between space exploration and…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on March 4, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Super Bowl Snow Fall on Wall Street - Winter is Coming, But Are We Ready?

In December 2013, the New York Jets played the Oakland Raiders at the Met Life stadium in New Jersey in temperatures close to freezing. Those of us at the game dressed for deep winter and watched the fourth quarter in the falling snow. Two weeks later, the Jets played their final home game in the same stadium, in 71 degrees, with the crowd wearing t-shirts and tailgating like it was late summer.

The…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on January 28, 2014 at 9:51am — No Comments

Regulation With a Clap of Thunder and a Massive Hammer

Two important events happened in November 2013. First, the Fed released its latest stress test definitions, to be used as the basis of the Comprehensive Capital and Analysis Review (CCAR) report, due in March 2014. Second, Thor returned to cinema screens in the action sequel, ‘The Dark World.’ So, why are these two things collectively important?

While seemingly unrelated, Thor is actually a remarkable and timely metaphor for modern regulatory practice: protect the system first, the…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on November 20, 2013 at 1:01pm — 4 Comments

Sailing Through the Shrouds – Risk Management and the Americas Cup

Of all the global sporting contests, few parallel investment banking as well as the America’s Cup regatta. The latest round of the world’s oldest sporting competition kicks off in San Francisco this month and provides a timely, unique comparison to the evolution of risk management in the global financial services industry.

In 1851, an American schooner raced with…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on September 17, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments

Risk Management and the Tour de France

A professional cycling team's captain is not unlike a big bank's risk manager

 

It’s July, and to many that means just one thing: the100th edition of the Tour De France!

 

Established in 1903, ostensibly to sell a cycling based sports-paper, L’Auto, the ‘Tour De France’ has become the annual pinnacle in…

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Added by Marcus Cree FRM on July 18, 2013 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

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