By Matt Blumberg

In 2010, Fred Wilson mentioned an enormous yet usually ignored query at his web publication AVC: what does a CEO do? His leaping off element used to be the reply considered one of Fred's mentors gave to that question over thirty years ago:

"A CEO does simply 3 issues. units the general imaginative and prescient and technique of the corporate and communicates it to all stakeholders. Recruits, hires and keeps the superior expertise for the corporate. Makes yes there's continuously adequate profit the bank."

Fred invited Matt to extend on that concept as a visitor blogger. In construct, with the intention to be geared up round those 3 parts - method, expertise and Metrics - he'll extend much more.

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Notice that the objective we have chosen is to minimize the variance of the overall profit return rather than the standard deviation. But as the standard deviation is just the square root of the variance, whatever choice of weights minimizes one will also minimize the other. It is possible to write down a complex formula for the optimal solution to this problem, but rather than do this we will just look at the numerical solution to the problem with the particular data given above. 3 50 70 90 Portfolio standard deviation 110 Profit versus standard deviation for random portfolios.

Sytoc delivers the valves by air freight, typically about 48 hours after the order is placed. Deliveries take place up to 10 times a month depending on the production schedule at DynoRam. Because of the size of the order, Sytoc has agreed a low price on condition that a minimum of 30 valves are ordered each month. On the 10th of each month (or the next working day) DynoRam pays in advance for the minimum of 30 valves to be used during that month and also pays for any additional valves (above 30) used during the previous month.

4. Controls need to be acted upon. On many occasions risks have been considered and controls put in place to avoid them. The problem occurs when the controls that are in place are ignored in practice. SocGen had a clear policy on taking leave (as is standard in the industry) but failed to act upon it. 5. There must be adequate management oversight. Inadequate supervision is a key ingredient in poor operational risk management. In the SocGen case, Kerviel’s supervisor had inadequate experience and failed to do his job.

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