Risk & fragility: Subjective, risk is

I asked a Nuclear Engineering Professor friend of mine, after the Fukushima power plant disaster of March 2011, whether that incident would have a positive or a negative impact on his industry. His response was that it would have a short-term positive impact as a result of publicity generating a […]

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Could high-performance analytics have prevented the housing crisis?

There's been a lot of conversation recently around SAS High-Performance Analytics.  And, rightly so - it's incredibly cool and applicable to every industry imaginable, including financial services. What if your risk calculations had seen the '08 credit collapse in time?  CBS SmartPlanet addresses this (and highlights SAS High-Performance Analytics, with […]

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Higher performance, lower risk with grid computing

The volatile financial markets leave no wiggle room for risk. Or second thoughts. We need the right answers to some tough questions, and we need them now. There is zero tolerance for errors. And no time for delays. Samsung Securities gets it. That's why they've boosted their SAS solution for enterprise risk management […]

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CFPB interview: Product development in the era of regulatory unrest

One of the most widely attended sessions at the BAI Retail Delivery conference was a Q&A hosted by John Colas, Partner at Oliver Wyman. Colas was interviewing David Silberman, the Assistant Director, Deposit and Payment Markets Consumer Financial at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As you can imagine, there […]

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An educated use of risk models in the financial services sector

I had the pleasure to be the host of the Risk and Finance Insight Session on the second day of The Premier Business Leadership Series, where we discussed the subject of enterprise risk management and financial stewardship. With global, political and financial upheaval becoming the norm (and during the conference […]

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Risk: confident or complacent?

A panel of risk experts gave their reaction to the publication of the fifth global risk management survey report undertaken by SAS and the Economist Intelligence Unit. The report suggests that while lessons have been learned, some institutions may be sliding into complacency. At any rate, risk appetites are growing […]

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Putting the enterprise in enterprise risk management

The goal of enterprise risk management (ERM) is to eliminate the siloed approach to identifying, monitoring and managing risk practices throughout an organization. By applying a consistent approach to ERM policies and procedures through a clearly delineated organizational risk hierarchy, organizations can mitigate risk and identify new business opportunities. Insurers […]

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Should we do more in risk management?

There are numerous strategic risk issues that might keep a chief risk officer or chief executive officer awake at night. Particularly since the financial meltdown, many are asking themselves (and anyone who will listen), “Do we need to do more in risk management?” Evaluating your program is an intense process, […]

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Business Analytics 101: Risk Management

What is Risk Management? Risk Management can be found in many forms. This was emphasized to me while I was Googling “risk management in financial firms.” What I found were hits covering risk management across a wide spectrum of activities, from risk assessment for projects large and small to mathematical […]

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Smarter Government

Earlier this week UK chancellor George Osborne announced his first budget as “tough but fair”. His action on debt echoed austerity measures being taken across other parts of the world. As I write this blog, President Obama and the G20 are assembling in Toronto. Opinions are mixed with Europe pushing […]

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