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Monday, May 16, 2011

When it comes to perspective numbers lie

When it comes to perspective, numbers do lie or to be concise viewpoints change even though the real value does not.

What I am talking about are reverse splits and in particular Citigroup's recent reverse split of its common stock.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Operational Risk Framework Checklist Roadmap

Is your companies operational risk framework up to the mark? 

If you ask a risk analyst about their impression of their companies operational risk systems, which one has to admit is a relatively unframed question, but either way, if you did; the typical responses seem to range between: We're totally sorted or it's kind of there, perhaps we are not really sure.

Then of course how do we really know whether a company is good at managing operational risk or not. The final test of course comes when a business experiences a severe problem that puts its operations under threat and its controls to the test.

In this article we are going to review a check list for an operational risk framework that should be considered by risk management in all businesses. The aim here is to move towards best practice. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Managing oil prices is all about preserving margins

In volatile commodity markets, a firm's ability to profit comes down to one thing: The capability a business has to control the transference of market volatility to margin volatility.

In this article we are going to look at how rising oil prices seem to impact commodity consumers in alternate ways and why investors often misunderstand the impact rising commodity prices have on their investments.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

FSB - Progress on Strengthening Financial Stability

Progress on implementing the G20 Seoul resolve for strengthening global financial stability has recently been reported as being on track.

In this blog article we are going to look at what is being done by whom and when specific deliverables are due. This is a massive mandate for the FSB and simply due to the complexity or reach within the program alone, it chances on either being globally impacting or partly missing the mark.