Quotable: Risk management edition

Risk management is all about culture and personal judgment. I remember pondering the question, “How high is up” at a Windows on Risk meeting at Citibank. The most senior management were sitting around the table. We came to our answer by asking the following question: What was the amount of loss we would be embarrassed to read about in the WSJ? That number, it turned out, was not very high, at least in the judgment of the people sitting around that table. News of that decision got around and had an impact on the company culture.

That’s one way to assess risk!

The quote is David X. Martin, author of Risk and the Smart Investor, responding in an email interview in the Aleph Blog. Blog creator (and life actuary) David Merkel reviews the book here.

Update: A live interview here.


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