Summary of Enterprise Risk Management

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Enterprise Risk Management book summary
Enterprise Risk Management: uniting market, credit and operational risks.


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Until recently, risk management was fairly simple. You bought insurance for your company or not. Perhaps because the world was a more stable place or because companies simply lacked the tools for quantitative analysis, executives often failed to analyze, understand and manage the spectrum of risks. Those innocent days ended with currency shifts, interest rate turbulence, the emergence of new competitors, the technological revolution and other disruptive events. In the early 1980s, companies began to take risk management seriously. Author James Lam has spent 20 years in risk management, which means he has been involved almost since its inception. He provides a lucid, well-written, well-edited exposition of the new approach to risk management - enterprise risk management or ERM. His book requires a certain basic understanding of mathematical and financial concepts, but it ought to be accessible to anyone with a few years of business education or experience. believes that CFOs and risk managers will find it most useful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What "Enterprise Risk Management" is
  • Why a comprehensive risk management program should include controls and hedging
  • Why you should not ignore operational risks


Fundamentals of Risk
Risk is uncertainty. It is usually proportional to reward. Low risk propositions usually don't pay much. Plenty of people are willing to take very little risk, and there's no need to pay them lots to do so, so the market doesn't. The greater the risk, the more the ...
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About the Author

James Lam is president of James Lam & Associates, an independent risk advisory firm. He was formerly chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments, and is an adjunct professor of finance at Babson College.

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