Risk Management

Founded in January of 1954, Risk Management is a monthly magazine that features news and industry analysis for corporate risk managers. The magazine has a circulation of 16,000 readers and is published by the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. Morgan O'Rourke is Editor-in-Chief. Jared Wade is Editor. Bill Coffin is Publisher/Editorial Director.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, April

Around Town
Say "Atlanta" and a host of adjectives, nouns and phrases that might otherwise never see each other suddenly get cozy and comfortable: CNN. Grits. Jimmy Carter. Peach Streets. Scarlett O'Hara. Bar-B-Q. Ted Turner. The 1996 Olympics. Gleaming postmodern...
Avoiding Recession
Can the U.S. make it happen in 2001? There is little doubt that the world economy will slow during 2001, after a period of robust growth in the U.S. during 1998-2000 and moderate growth in the other industrial countries excluding Japan. Leading...
Conference Highlights
From April 29 to May 3, RIMS 39th Annual Conference 7 Exhibition at the George World Congress Center in Atlanta looks into the future of the risk management profession and examines the ways technology will mold the field in the years to come. THE...
Consolidating Customer Communications
Centralized claims and risk engineering information makes the keypad a powerful risk management tool The nucleus of all management is communication-easy and immediate exchange of concise information when needed. In short, a dialogue. In the world...
Dear RM
In the ongoing debate about the viability of the Quality Scorecard, the question has been asked: How can we evaluate not only service providers but ourselves? In a response to this debate, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management...
Disclosure: How Fair Is Fair
By now, professionals in the securities and insurance industries have had time to scrutinize the implications of the recently enacted rule governing disclosure of nonpublic information by companies regulated by federal securities law. There are a number...
Does Enterprise Risk Management Count?
Since the mid-1990s, managers of companies in North America, Europe and Australia have paid increasing attention to managing--holistically--the risks to which their organizations are exposed. Their intent, they say, is to apply a rigorous and coordinated...
Global Trends Present Opportunity for Risk Managers
Evidence continues to mount concerning stakeholders' expanding expectations of "accountability and' transparency" for companies, their senior management and boards of directors. These global trends not only impact financial reporting and board selection...
How Fair Is Fair
By now, professionals in the securities and insurance industries have had time to scrutinize the implications of the recently enacted rule governing disclosure of nonpublic information by companies regulated by federal securities law. There are...
If David Letterman Had Been a Risk Manager
The other day I met an old friend of mine for lunch. He had recently been promoted to chief financial officer of a medium-sized company. As he described his new job responsibilities, he mentioned that he was taking over the risk management function....
Is Risk Management Really a Profession?
NOAH WEBSTER DEFINED DISCIPLINE AS A SPECIFIC BRANCH OF knowledge. Or maybe it was Daniel Webster. I always mix up those two. In any case, some areas of study--philosophy, literature, medicine--became disciplines ages ago. Others, like psychology,...
Local Cuisine
Atlanta hosts a stunning array of food as rich and varied as any metropolitan area in the United States. It is well on its way to becoming as well known for the quality of its dining as it is for the hospitality of its people. The following list is...
Making Political Risk Fit
At one time or another, your company must examine the impact of politics on businesses--ignore that fact and expose your firm to potentially catastrophic and unrecoverable losses. While political risks are a unique class, they are manageable. It is...
Marketing Risk Management
Risk managers can find it extremely difficult to gain internal support for their programs, especially when it comes to budgets. The low profile of risk management can be changed, however, through an internal marketing approach. It is all a matter of...
New Directions in Broker Consolidation
When the big broker consolidation stories broke three years ago, risk managers were worried about inadequate selection options, diminished service and decreased negotiating leverage. It was argued that at least for as long as the stock market remained...
On Presentations
How many professional or industry conferences have you been to? How much do you remember? A presentation at a conference is different from others. Although you are one of many, it is a chance to shine and your remarks can have a longer life span in...
Patients' Bill of Rights
Managed care reform has emerged as one of the more controversial pieces of new legislation in the early days of the 107th Congress. It is a complex issue that has perplexed and frustrated lawmakers for most of the last decade. But in 2001 it may have...
Presidents' Letter
Roger Andrews WELCOME TO THE 39TH RIMS ANNUAL CONFERENCE & Exhibition--the first of the new millennium! The technology theme of this conference demonstrates that RIMS is keeping pace with the advancements that are impacting the way we communicate...
Product Liability Claims(*)
Too many manufacturers have focused on the wrong stage in product liability claims. They look at how to defend or resolve litigation, but neglect to consider how to avoid claims before they become lawsuits--it is all reactive instead of proactive....
Product Liability Claims*
Read this article. It will change your life.* A Commonsense Approach to Prevention Too many manufacturers have focused on the wrong stage in product liability claims. They look at how to defend or resolve litigation, but neglect to consider how to avoid...
Protecting the Balance Sheet from Warranty Liabilities
It seems simple enough -- to increase market share, manufacturers offer customers a warranty promising free product service, replacement or repair. That promise, however, can backfire on the balance sheet or income statement, creating legal liabilities...
Pulling Together: Workers' Comp Pools
Joe Whatley gave up on commercial workers' compensation insurance in 1993. "My rates were going up and down so much, I couldn't possibly budget the cost," says the president of Whatley Contract Carriers, a Montgomery, Alabama-based private motor carrier....
Pulling Together Workers' Comp POOLS
Joe Whatley gave up on commercial workers' compensation insurance in 1993. "My rates were going up and down so much, I couldn't possibly budget the cost," says the president of Whatley Contract Carriers, a Montgomery, Alabama-based private motor carrier....
The Cro Is Here to Stay
The role of a chief risk officer (CRO) has began to gain worldwide acceptance and momentum over the past several years. A trend that began in the U.S. financial services industry has extended into Europe and Asia, as well as other industries, such...
TIPTOEING through Mass Tort Litigation
Quietly, it starts on Tuesday. A small trickle of legal complaints. By Friday, the mailroom is swamped. By the following week, you are no longer in denial; your client or company is entering a land that for some is one of no return--mass tort litigation....
Utilizing Off-Balance Sheet Structures to Increase Shareholder Value
In today's fast-paced business world, success or failure largely hinges on how well the game of risk is played. As the new economy transforms traditional industries such as manufacturing and utilities, increasing global interdependence is creating...
Welcome to RIMS
On behalf of the employees of Zurich North America, welcome to Atlanta and the 39th RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition. The Risk and Insurance Management Society has been a staple of our industry since 1950, and Zurich North America is excited...
Wow, Have You Got Mail
The proliferation of e-mail in recent years significantly increases product liability risks. There is the tendency to say things in e-mail that are snide, flippant and indiscreet. Volatile comments that in the past were memorialized occasionally in...
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