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How to avoid another market downturn: 3 ways to handle investment risk
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O’Dell, MS, CWM
The Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ have all regained or surpassed the values they held before the 2008 stock market crash. While this climb has taken nearly five years, most business owners have not forgotten how disconcerting the crash was at the time. Moreover, many market prognosticators are predicting another market pull-back, with some commentators seeing a decline as much as 20-30 percent. Given the potential for another crash, here are three ways to potentially mitigate stock market risk. How you utilize this information and incorporate it into your investment planning may shape how your portfolio handles the next significant market downturn.
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US economic mobility improving very slowly
The Wall Street Journal
More than four years into the economic recovery, upward mobility in the U.S. is climbing — but very, very slowly. A new report by Opportunity Nation, a network of over 250 nonprofit, business and other organizations, analyzed 16 economic and demographic indicators and found that America's overall "Opportunity Score" — a broad measure of economic mobility — is now 50.9, barely higher than 50 in 2012 and 49.59 in 2011.
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Business continuity planning
Fresh Business Thinking
One in three companies is putting business operations at risk by storing data back-ups on-site, according to new research by specialist IT providers Onyx Group and leading industry magazine, Computing. The research, which took place among IT managers in U.K. SMEs, shows that less than half back-up data off-site in a secure data center, despite the risk that loss of IT poses to business continuity.
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Investors turn to catastrophe bonds to boost returns
The Wall Street Journal
Investors are buying bonds that bet against natural disasters such as earthquakes and storms at the fastest pace in six years, a sign that debtholders are seeking increasingly novel ways to boost returns amid the low-yield environment. Sales of so-called catastrophe bonds — which unload insurance risk onto investors, and can be completely wiped out in the event of a natural disaster — have topped $6 billion this year and are set to be the highest since 2007, according to Artemis, a deal tracker.
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10 pitfalls of IT risk assessment
Dark Reading
As IT organizations seek to make better risk-based decisions about security practices, perhaps the No. 1 component for success is the IT risk assessment.

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Risk of depression spurred by long hours, high job demands
La Jolla Light
The jobs we hold can lead to many positive affirmations in our lives including increased self-esteem, reduced risk of depression and an amplified sense of self.

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De-risking the cloud
CSO Magazine
Many of the risks of cloud computing have become less frightening as organizations have become more comfortable with data sovereignty and availability issues.

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AIG sued by small businesses over workers' compensation reporting
Insurance Journal
Class action lawsuits in federal courts on both coasts have been initiated on behalf of small businesses in California, New York and New Jersey against American International Group over workers' compensation reporting. Plaintiff attorneys say the case could involve thousands of firms doing business from the 1970s until the early 2000s and could result in damages up to hundreds of millions of dollars, although no figure has yet been established.
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Leveraging GRC for security
Security professionals need to take full advantage of governance, risk and compliance programs to improve their understanding of their organization's risks, experts say. The insights gained can help them to develop better controls to protect the organization from cyber-attacks and insider threats.
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Collaboration between finance and supply chain teams boosts growth
Supply Management
Firms with good links between their financial and supply chain teams are more likely to report strong growth, according to research. A report by EY said of those organizations that reported earnings growth of more than 5 percent over the past year, there was strong evidence of "business partnering" between CFOs and supply chain executives in 48 percent, compared to 22 percent of firms where there was a more traditional relationship.
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For companies doing business in remote regions, self-sufficiency and preparedness are critical
Security Management
Sub-Saharan Africa is an area of the world where growth presents business opportunities. Among the sectors attracting private business investment are mineral resources, agriculture, and the service sectors. But businesses considering opening an office in this region would do well to consider how they will provide staff who must work or travel there with emergency response services, such as medical care and crisis evacuations, should the need arise.
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Will emerging markets falter amid investor concerns?
Wall St. Cheat sheet
Investors are beginning to reassess their evaluations about various emerging markets as the global economic climate starts to solidify, Bloomberg reports. Many leaders of emerging countries celebrated the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to delay the tapering of quantitative easing at the Federal Open Market Committee's Sept. 17-18 meeting. As long as quantitative easing is in place, dollars are relatively cheap, making investment in developing nations an attractive option.
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    De-risking the cloud (CSO Magazine)
Managing driver behavior (Fleet News)
Risk management should be proactive (ITWeb)
Short-termism in business can perpetuate instability and risk (The Telegraph)
Business continuity planning for emergencies and disruptions
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