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Using exchange traded funds as the cornerstones of tactically-driven asset allocation strategies continues to gain traction. It is also becoming easier to build asset allocation models around ETFs. Some ETF strategists adhere to the traditional 60/40 equities and bonds split, but others, using measured approaches to risk management, increase equity exposure depending on the market environment.
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PwC: Businesses must wake up to global risks
Warnings over business resilience were issued by auditing firm PwC, alongside other organizations including the Institute of Directors, Airmic, Marsh, and Zurich ahead of the "responding to global risks" panel. Existing problems, including social instability, debt crises and extreme weather events, will challenge an organization's existing risk management. In turn, these issues could then threaten business continuity and long-term resilience if emergency measures are not properly considered, they warned.
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Gauge of US economy gains 0.5 percent in May
The Seattle Times
A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased for a fourth month in May, providing further evidence that the economy is gaining strength after a harsh winter caused activity to go into reverse. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators increased 0.5 percent in May, an improvement from a revised 0.3 percent gain in April. The strength was broadly based with positive contributions from all the financial and labor components of the index.
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AIG launches global commercial property coverage for mid-market
Insurance Journal
The American International Group, Inc. insurers have launched a new line of multinational commercial property products and services, including expanded coverage, loss prevention engineering, and risk management solutions, for mid-sized businesses confronting global risk exposures. AIG's Property Performance Series provides commercial property products for mid-sized businesses in Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the United States. The company plans to expand the policy offering to businesses in other countries later in 2014.
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'Catch Me' inspiration offers tips on preventing fraud, theft
Prairie Business Magazine
When Frank Abagnale Jr. forged checks as a teenager, he needed a 90-foot-long Heidelberg printing press. Today, fraudsters can create fake checks in 15 minutes with a laptop, he said. In a world where information is everywhere and ethics are lacking, identity theft and check forgery occur at unprecedented levels, the former con man said.
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The financial return of supply chain resiliency
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply chain failures and disruptions have become more commonplace. It's no surprise given the complexity of global supply chain today and the increasing number of risks facing companies. What's more unsettling, however, is the cost related to disruptions.
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Wellness incentives fixed firmly in EEOC's crosshairs: 2 rules to watch
HR Morning
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's spring Regulatory Agenda has revealed some potentially disturbing developments for those with company sponsored wellness programs. The agenda revealed that the EEOC intends to issue two proposed rules in the coming months. How do the ADA and wellness incentives/penalties mix?
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Failed risk management
Fuel Fix
The renewed combat in Iraq has caused oil prices to increase, although modestly so far. The prospect of a possible curtailment in Iraq's production has oil markets rightfully nervous.

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Risk, compliance and security management go hand in hand
Many organizations are required to meet compliance regulations, and the numbers are only growing, fueled by constantly evolving legislation that creates new rules, requirements and auditing procedures.

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FM Global's 'Resilience Index' ranks 130 countries' supply chain sensitivity
Business Insurance
FM Global has released a new Resilience Index that ranks 130 countries in terms of their susceptibility to supply chain disruptions and provides companies an online tool to assist in making supply chain decisions.

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Solvency II guidelines confirm charge for employee pensions
New Solvency II guidelines confirm that insurers will have to look through to assets held in their employee pension schemes when calculating their Pillar I requirements, increasing the capital burden of the directive for some firms. On June 2, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority released more than 700 pages of guidelines for public consultation. These are designed to help ensure the "common, uniform and consistent application of Union law".
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Top 10 governance, risk, compliance tech spending priorities
The top 10 IT spending priorities for governance, risk, and compliance could serve double duty as a list of the fears that keep IT executives awake at night. Yet most organizations still use 1990s technology to handle their GRC needs, according to a survey released in May by the nonprofit Open Compliance and Ethics Group. More than half (53 percent) of the 237 respondents to the OCEG survey said their organizations use mainly spreadsheets, emails, and documents to handle GRC.
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Have you implemented a workplace anti-bullying policy?
Employee Benefit News
Workplace and school violence events have contributed to our increasing national conversation about "bullying." Recently, National Public Radio quoted a Zogby poll in which more than a quarter of American workers reported that they have experienced abusive conduct at work. Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Monster Global Poll felt that they had been "bullied, either physically hurt, driven to tears, or had their work performance harmed."
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