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Goldman's Facebook Deal Leverages Innovation and Synamism

Posted by Herb Addison, April 5th, 2013, 12:14pm

In its recent investment in Facebook, Goldman Sachs demonstrated noteworthy innovation and dynamism demanded by the new economic environment. When markets stabilized as the financial crisis subsided, like other financial firms, Goldman found that opportunities to make above-market returns vanished. Moreover, competitive pressures intensified, higher capital requirements and fee regulation threatened to diminish future earnings and return on equity.

Risk Intelligence

A Bedrock of Dynamism and Lasting Value Creation
Posted by Admin, April 23rd, 2012, 9:29pm

In finance, a desire for leadership, ideas, and action has emerged in response to the unsatisfactory “new normal.” Increasingly, leadership teams are determined to spend productive energy on long-term solutions. To chart a bold vision and new value proposition, financial institutions and investors must develop a new competence – risk intelligence.

Taming Risk in a Volatile World

Posted by Leo M. Tilman, May 30th, 2011, 2:40pm

Executives and investors fear that the world economy may be at risk of a worst-case systemic breakdown. But predictions of upcoming apocalypse have little value unless they are turned into a learning opportunity. Richard Levick and Leo Tilman outline how every firm must strive to make crisis management a part of executive decisions, strategic planning, and risk management.

Go-Anywhere Funds

The Right Idea, But Let Buyers Beware
Posted by Leo M. Tilman, March 11th, 2011, 5:05pm

A typical bond fund is always exposed to the same risks, at the mercy of market forces, and challenged to effectively react to the rapidly changing financial world. Go-Anywhere funds are a move in the right direction, a response to global challenges and volatile markets. Their wide adoption and success remain to be seen.

Goldman/Facebook Deal Leverages Innovation and Dynamism

Posted by Herb Addison, March 2nd, 2011, 5:10pm

In its recent investment in Facebook, Goldman Sachs demonstrated noteworthy innovation and dynamism demanded by the new economic environment. When markets stabilized as the financial crisis subsided, like other financial firms, Goldman found that opportunities to make above-market returns vanished. Moreover, competitive pressures intensified, higher capital requirements and fee regulation threatened to diminish future earnings and return on equity.

The New Risk Paradigm for Corporate Governance

Seven Essential Questions Every Board Must Consider
Posted by Admin, January 6th, 2011, 1:37pm

Failure to understand and manage risk is a root cause of shareholder value destruction. Part and parcel of that, at companies that fail, or come to the brink of ruin, the right questions are not asked at all levels. Responding to the need for a new risk paradigm for corporate governance, we pose seven essential questions for board members and management teams, paving the way to an effective framework for leadership and governance.

The Imperative of Financial Innovation

Posted by Leo M. Tilman, June 8th, 2010, 10:59pm

Financial innovation can be an important contributor to economic growth, inclusion, and prosperity. This HBR article discusses how to spot potentially viable financial innovations and a setting that encourages companies and investors to use financial products responsibly.

Wanted: A First National Bank of Innovation

Posted by Leo M. Tilman, January 12th, 2010, 10:47pm

U.S. faces no challenge more urgent than reviving its economic dynamism. Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps and Leo Tilman argue in HBR that business innovation should be declared a public policy objective. Deficiencies of the current financial system warrant the creation of a new institution that would invest in and lend to innovative projects.

Responding to Pressures

AllianceBernstein Is Back in the Capital Markets Business
Posted by Leo M. Tilman, January 12th, 2010, 10:35pm

Response to competitive and earnings pressures speaks volumes about a company’s financial and cultural DNA. Some firms respond to pressures by blindly taking on more risk. Others embark on business model transformations that leverage their brand and core competencies to deliver sustainable performance. AllianceBernsetein seems to be on the right path.

Needed: Strategic Vision, Not More Regulation

Risk management and other lessons learned – one year after Lehman’s collapse
Posted by Leo M. Tilman, September 20th, 2009, 7:28pm

Many believe that in response to the financial crisis, we need better regulation – and more of it. Unfortunately, regulation is unlikely to address a fundamental behavioral dynamic at play that leads to bad decisions and value destruction. A fundamental reform of how corporate executives shape strategic vision and use risk management is needed.

Financial Darwinism explores the origins, drivers, and implications of the ongoing tectonic financial shift. It then equips executives and investors with actionable approaches to creating lasting economic value amidst complexity and uncertainty.

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