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The Few: Sensible Republican Senators on Financial Reform

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Johnson

If Senator McConnell brings 40 Senators with him, they will defeat the Dodd bill -- and then smash themselves into the rocks of November 2010 as the "too big to fail" party.

Getting Risk Wrong. It's not just BP. It's You and Me

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Ropeik

We need to honestly realize that the imperfect system of human risk perception is not just what greedy corporations do. It's what we all do, the people who make the decisions at those corporations, and you, and I.

5 Ways to Boost Your Career

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

Ever notice how some people just seem to always get the timely promotions and the plum assignments, while others don't? People who succeed in their ...

6 Ways to Avoid Black Swans

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

Here are six ways that Ken Posner, author of Stalking the Black Swan: Research and Decision-Making in a World of Extreme Volatility, asserts we can avoid black swans.

NY Fed: Big Banks Move to Mask Risk Levels | KATE KELLY, TOM MCGINTY and DAN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The WSJ reports that according to new NY Fed data: "A group of 18 banks -- which includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase...

Weighing Risk, and Justice

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

With high production comes high risk. High risk ventures such as gulf drilling in the U.S. are licensed by the government. It's time the government sets some minimum requirements to avoid catastrophes.

Moody's Risk Committee Disappeared At Height Of Collapse

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As the bottom fell out of the housing market and complex mortgage-backed securities began tanking in 2007, a strange thing happened at M...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Sunscreens With Vitamin A May Accelerate Skin Cancer: FDA Knows Of Link

AOL News | Andrew Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (May 24) -- Almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spr...

Ken Lewis, Bank Of America: Repo 105 Antecedents At Lehman Brothers

Bronte Capital | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

I agree with Felix Salmon that the former Lehman staffers who defend Repo 105 are psychopaths -- certifiably insane. They state (as if this justifies...

How a Cancer Patient Helped an Olympic Gold Medal Aerial Skier Take More Risks

Nikki Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nikki Stone

Today, your challenge is to ask yourself if you want to lead a life with no change and no excitement or do you want to take the chance to find some excitement and exhilaration and really live?

Is Wall Street Bluffing?

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Garver

Some Wall Street firms don't care if a new job applicant went to business school or studied finance. The firms are much more interested in how the young man or woman plays poker.

Tapping the innovation 'black space': a forward-looking opportunity for liability insurers

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Stoiber

As I write this, 200,000 gallons of oil a day are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ruptured Deepwater Horizon rig. This is a Very Bad Thing....

Managing Risks in Public Policy: Impact vs. Probability?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Walking barefoot through airport security makes little sense if our ports are unprotected. Let's gather the courage to redirect our resources to risks that are high probability and high impact.

Death Makes Us Weak, Impatient and Risk-Averse

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bhagwan Chowdhry

Possibility of death causes us to value the future less, makes us weak as we grow old, and predisposes us to avoid risk, following a simple evolutionary argument.

Health Insurance Really Tried

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

The private health insurance industry is in a death spiral, despite being profitable, despite trying to do the right things.

I'm Gonna Sue! How Lawsuits are Depriving our Children of Play

Darell Hammond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Darell Hammond

In our litigious culture, we have become so obsessed with controlling risk that children are missing out on opportunities to grow and learn.

Public Pensions Ramp Up On Risky Investments To Boost Returns | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

...states and other bodies of government are seeking higher returns for their pension funds, to make up for ground lost in the last couple of years an...

Choking on Thought

Jim Randel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Randel

Our brain is divided into two parts: the rational, analytical side. And, the instinctive, emotional side. For hundreds of years philosophers and sc...

Credit Default Swaps Are Dangerous, US Taxpayers Are Still On The Hook

New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Derivatives are responsible for much of the interconnectedness between banks and other institutions that made the financial collapse accelerate in the...

Volcker Rule That Limits Banks' Proprietary Trading Is Unlikely To Move Forward In Senate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"A proposal by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to limit bank's proprietary trading will be either be dropped or significantly modified in...

Risky Business

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

Would you rather be sneezed on by a person with swine flu, or one with full-blown AIDS whose sneeze will contain blood, which blood will enter your eyes, and who also has a bad case of the ebola?

Want Less Risk? Hire More Women!

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

The higher the amount of testosterone, the more willing people are to take risks. Women, with considerably less of the male hormone coursing through their bodies, are more risk averse.

Obama Bank Tax: President Weights Levy On Largest Banks To Recoup Bailout Funds

AP | JIM KUHNHENN and PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to announce a new fee Thursday on the country's biggest financial firms to recover up to $120 billion ...

10 Ways To Embrace Change | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Blindsided by a job loss, the unfamiliar isn't to be feared: It can be a chance to turn your life around....