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Uncertainty around TRIA renewal pushes premiums up
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Insurance industry representatives again urged Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, telling a Senate panel that uncertainty surrounding its renewal is already causing premium increases. First passed shortly after 9/11 and last re-authorized for seven years in December 2007, the law makes the government a source of last-resort financial support in case terrorist insurance-related claims rise above a threshold.
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Tax reform plan includes controversial reinsurance tax
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A new House tax reform plan has resurrected a controversial reinsurance tax proposal. Under a draft of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 recently unveiled by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., U.S. insurers in most circumstances would not be permitted a tax deduction for reinsurance premiums paid to a non-U.S. affiliated company that is not subject to U.S. taxation on the premiums. Such a change in reinsurance taxation has been introduced in Congress before, but has never reached a floor vote.
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Sustainability engineering hits the manufacturing sector
Sourceable
Engineering experts in the U.S. are developing a new and more comprehensive approach to sustainability in the manufacturing sector, encompassing all aspects of the production process starting from the factory floor upwards. The new approach, under development by engineers from Oregon State University, seeks to address all aspects of the production process, including social and human welfare issues on top of the standard economic and environmental concerns.
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Business continuity saves businesses
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It seems obvious that if a company can survive an unforeseen circumstance, it will thrive as a commercial entity. However, as logical as that thought is, only 52 percent of small businesses claim to have a business continuity plan, and only 28 percent say they have reviewed it recently to ensure it is up to date and still effective. When it comes to understanding the risks associated with not having a continuity plan, small businesses lag behind their larger counterparts.
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The enemy within: Fraud
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Business has always been plagued by fraud. Some frauds are committed by people at the top. Others are committed by hired-hands lower down the organization. But all frauds involve abusing people's trust and diverting corporate resources for personal ends. Fraud by wayward employees, be they high or low, can never be eliminated. Directors and executives can, however, treat it like any other unavoidable risk, and manage it professionally.
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Crisis management: Investing in a low-growth economy
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Does your BYOD policy really cover all the bases?
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Today, workers will invariably find a way to access company data and network resources on their smartphones and tablets, regardless of whether the employer wants them to or not. Unfortunately for businesses, this practice could lead to a slew of problems.

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Is your mobile workforce exposing you to unseen risks?
By Paul Starkman
Initially, companies embraced BYOD as a workforce management strategy that fulfilled employees' demands for flexibility while lowering telecommunication expenses. Now it's become clear that BYOD also comes with many business risks that require further review, evaluation and action to reduce growing concerns with security, compliance and privacy issues.

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Crisis management: Winning back angry customers
Forbes
David Roth writes, "Aug. 12, 2011 — it's 2 a.m. and my phone was ringing. This is never a good sign, so I braced myself and was informed we had a company crisis on our hands. Every single customer with a free account of our SaaS solution had received an email informing them that their account was no longer active."

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Quantifying global supply chain risks due to climate change
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Climate indicators and country risk ratings developed by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index will be instrumental in a new partnership recently announced whose goal is to develop the Climate Change Risk Management application. This application, which will enable large corporations to quickly map and quantify global supply chain risks due to climate change, leverages climate indicators and country risk ratings developed by ND-GAIN, the world's leading research index showing which countries are best prepared to deal with climate disruption and other global shifts.
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Emerging market banking crises are next
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Financial headlines have rightly been dominated by the largest 7-day sell-off of the Chinese yuan on record. Everyone's speculating whether it's been a deliberate move by the People's Bank of China or not. The consensus is that it's been PBOC initiated to shake out carry trade speculators who've used low US interest rates to borrow low-yielding U.S. dollars and buy the higher-yielding yuan and yuan-denominated assets.
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Business owners ignore fire protection system at great risk
Herald Business Journal via The Everett Herald
Purchasing and managing a business property is complex. One of the most confusing aspects can be the monitoring and maintenance of fire protection and emergency systems and ensuring these meet ever-changing state and local regulations. It's too easy to procrastinate about these issues, because most business owners are focused on day-to-day operations, said Gary Holland, branch manager at Smith Fire Systems Management in Washington.
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