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Links for the week of Dec. 5, 2011

At the Society of Actuaries, we read through a lot of articles on risk management each week. While many of us enjoy reading about the subject ad nauseum, we know many of our peers want to just get the best of the best. With that in mind, each Friday we will be providing links to the best online articles and conversations about risk management. If you would like to add to this list, just leave a summary and a link in the comments section. Enjoy the links for December 5, 2011.

  • As battles over post-crisis efforts to change the way “too-big-to-fail firms” are structured and do business continue, next week’s hearing before a subcommittee of the Senate banking committee will focus on how new rules in the Dodd-Frank law should be implemented, whether the bill goes far enough or if it needs to be further built out. (Source: Bloomberg)
  • InformationWeek contributor Michael Davis outlined tips for conducting a risk assessment of a company’s mobile strategy. In it he suggests four areas should be the focus of an assessment: data access, device risk, management risk and user awareness. (Source: InformationWeek)
  • The Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously voted to approve the MF Global rule this week, which will limit how the brokerage industry can invest customer money and prevent complex transactions that allow brokerages such as MF Global to borrow money from its customers. (Source: The New York Times)
  • J.P. Morgan’s 13th annual Global Liquidity Investment Survey revealed that corporate treasurers’ continued frustration over the low returns yielded by their cash investments makes them more willing to take on additional risk in hopes of yielding higher returns.  Additionally, risk management is now the third-highest area of importance for the treasury department (up from fifth on its list in 2010). (Source: Money Management)
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