Risk & You 2011

  • Job Search

    Don't lay low.  Be proactive.  Assess the vulnerability of your company and position by understanding the evolving business strategy  and how your unit and specific function fit into the overall scheme.

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    Scientists have discovered neural pathways that seem to correlate with the kinds of people who deal well with financial risk, but even the very definition of risk gets pulled apart by experts.

  • Google Wallet

    Google's entrance into the wireless payment market shows there's money to be made, but tech providers still have to overcome security concerns among consumers and merchants.

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    Because of their low correlation in movements to traditional investments in stocks and bonds, alternative investments are viewed as a “hedge” to help protect portfolios during sideways or down markets.

  • Education

    Because a child’s identity is pristine and often remains unchecked for more than a decade, it is uniquely desirable to identity thieves. Just as appealing to criminals is the fact that a Social Security number with a clean history can be attached to any name or date of birth.

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    From the financial crisis of 2008-2009 to the flash crash of May 2010 and the ups an downs of the past six months of 2011, the U.S. stock market has been a wild rise for investors.

  • Risk & You - A CNBC Special Report

    In this age of low crime and high tech, its easy to take personal security for granted

  • Risk & You - A CNBC Special Report

    Not only are few companies creating jobs, others are trimming their payrolls. Together that's made job security a precious commodity.

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    The popular Hollywood thriller “Contagion” is a fictional account of a mysterious virus that wreaks global havoc, but there are enough real-world health threats out there to scare you.

  • Risk is a key factor in any financial transaction, but investing in stocks may be among the riskiest. The success of a company is about more than financial performance, and shortcomings in other areas, can put the company — and its shareholders — at risk. GovernanceMetrics International, a leader in corporate governance research, has introduced a list highlighting ten companies and risk issues that "are critical for investors and other corporate stakeholders to monitor and respond to." The debut

    Click to see, in alphabetical order, the 10 North American companies on GovernanceMetrics International's risk list.

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    There's more to risk than buying a stock, gambling at a casino or taking out an adjustable rate mortgage. How much do you know?

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Monday.

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    In the aftermath of the MENA turmoil, Japan’s triple crisis, the U.S. debt-ceiling debacle and the latest round of the Eurozone turmoil, the world economy remains closer to “serious damage” than ever since fall 2008. Globalization is at risk.

  • BlackRock's headquarters in New York.

    If I didn’t know better, I’d think Blackrock CEO Laurence Fink is doing his best to make sure his firm isn’t tarred and feathered by an ETF debacle, if one ever occurs.

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    High-profile cyber intrusions, mixed with anonymous mechanized threats and curiously timed offline periods for major corporations, have prompted conspiracy theorists to wonder if hackers are trying to undermine big business or the economy.

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    What’s driving all the volatility? How do you position yourself in the times of wild (mood) market swings?

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    A financial planner recounts how he and his family fell victim to the housing boom and bust and how they survived the ordeal in this story from the New York Times.