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A View from the Peak: Balancing Our Carbon Budget

Earlier this year, the financial services company HSBC came out with a report in which their analysts calculated that taking climate change seriously could cut share prices of major oil companies by up to 60%. That report, Peak Planet: The next upswing for the climate agenda, held some sobering news for business. Now that it has been made freely available on the company’s website, executives concerned with managing risks may want to read it.

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Gaining a New Understanding of Risk

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In these days of uncertain markets – and an uncertain economy – risk can seem almost omnipresent. But how do you manage risk prudently – yet still grow your company? Harvard Business School professor Robert S. Kaplan began exploring risk management in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, after he saw venerable firms such as Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns collapse – despite having risk management functions. Here are a few of his insights on the topic of risk management.

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Innovating our way to a financial sector meltdown

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The global financial crisis that occurred in 2008 can be viewed as a systems accident that was fueled, in part, by innovations in the financial sector.

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How Amazon beat eBay

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From both business and cultural perspectives, one of the lasting innovations of the late-'90s dot-com boom was getting individuals and companies comfortable purchasing items via their computers. On the consumer side, the twin ecommerce giants of the late '90s were eBay and Amazon.

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When innovation is the enemy

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We read transcripts of old Ben Bernanke speeches so you don't have to: Seventeen months ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke to a Fed-sponsored conference in Georgia about Regulation and financial innovation.

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