Spotlight on Risk Management and Pay Practices

The debate over financial regulatory reform continues on Capitol Hill with a great deal of attention on compensation practices.  It has become blatantly obvious that incentive plans have not been designed to promote the best interests of shareholders or the long-term viability of institutions.  Here is what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had to say as reported in yesterday’s New York Times.

Last week, Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman, also called on regulators to supervise executive pay at banks more closely to avoid “compensation practices that can create mismatches between the rewards and risks borne by institutions or their managers.” Much of the plan would require the approval of Congress, where divisions are forming over how best to overhaul financial industry oversight.

The core of effective risk management hinges on the alignment of a company’s strategic objectives, risk appetite and compensation plans.  Once these become out of alignment, the company will certainly suffer over the long-term.

Risk & Reward Ahead

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