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Issue #53

Issue #53Editor's Letter - A Different View: Sometimes the view from the outside can be much clearer than the one in the centre of the action. Editor Carrie Cook discusses the value of hearing a different perspective.
 
News: Analysis of the major risk-related news stories of the past few weeks, including the UK’s first major insider trading conviction, more scandal surrounding 1MDB and what the future looks like for IT in banking.
 
Spotlight - Managing Risk in Harsh Environments: Nick Kochan takes a look at the complex risks mining and resource companies face when working in politically and geographically hostile environments and speaks to Strategia, a firm run by former army general Sir Richard Shirreff.
 
Regulatory Update: An update on recent regulatory developments, including the FCA’s proposals to improve wholesale debt markets, a CFPB consultation on banning ‘gotcha’ clauses and plans for an audit trail from the SEC.
 
How To... Make Big Changes with Big Data: Kirsty Rutter from Eaton Risk Advisory shares her tips on how to make better use of big data to manage operational risk – and how to convince stakeholders that you know what you’re doing.
 
Event Review - Institute of Operational Risk roundtable: Carrie Cook shares highlights from an operational risk roundtable discussion hosted by the IOR and attended by leading operational risk practitioners from Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Ireland and Barclays
 
Interview and Book Review - Joris Luyendijk: We speak to Dutch author and acclaimed journalist, Joris Luyendijk, about his international best seller, Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of Bankers – also reviewed in this issue by Nick Leeson.
 
Sharing Scenarios - Vendor Performance Failures: This month we elaborate on last month’s scenario and focus on vendors, suppliers or service providers who fail to perform in the manner contracted and expected of them.
 
Risk Classifications - Market or Trading Rules Violations – Front-running and Best Execution: RiskBusiness’ Mike Finlay explores an extremely topical risk category which relates to firms manipulating the financial markets for their own gain .
 
Dear CEO: Every month an anonymous chief risk officer of a financial services firm writes a letter to his CEO detailing some of the issues he has always wanted to raise.