Jared Wade

Jared Wade is a freelance writer and a former editor of Risk Management.

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The Calculus of Controversy

February 1, 2019

Aiming to enhance reputation and galvanize consumers, more companies are publicly weighing in on hot-button issues.

Financing Disaster Risk in Latin America

August 1, 2018

A $1.36 billion catastrophe bond illustrates a growing effort to explore new options for disaster risk management.

Cannabiz: The High Profits and High Risks of Legal Marijuana

November 2, 2015

"Legalize it" has been easier said than done for the growing number of businesses that are trying to profit from pot.

Coffee Growers Struggle to Meet Demand

June 2, 2015

Disease and drought have made it difficult for coffee producers to keep up with market growth.

Big Easy Resilience

April 1, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans navigates the road to recovery.

Sea Change

February 2, 2015

With a $5 billion expansion, the Panama Canal is once again transforming the world of shipping, more than a century after its creation.

Attacks Risk Energy Growth in Colombia

October 1, 2014

Guerrilla attacks on oil pipelines threaten the growing energy sector in Colombia.

Unclassified Information

August 1, 2013

Understanding data risk.

New York’s Plan for Storm Protection

August 1, 2013

In the wake of Sandy’s destruction, New York is working on ways to build a more resilient city.

The Ten Types of Innovation

June 28, 2013

Re-imagining innovation as a discipline.

The Risk of Charismatic Leaders

June 13, 2013

When it comes to hiring a successful CEO charisma is a trait to be avoided.

No Trends in Tornadoes

May 10, 2013

Are there really more tornadoes than ever?

Should Floridians Expect a Hurricane in 2013?

May 9, 2013

The 2013 hurricane season predictions and the potential cost of a modern-day Miami superstorm.

Communicating Risk to Any Audience

May 7, 2013

Authors Amy Su Jen and Mariel Maignan Wilkins teach risk managers that even introverts can captivate a crowd.

The Insurance Industry's Rising Reputation

May 3, 2013

Insurance has a crummy reputation — but it may be improving.

Feminine Traits Are the Leaders of Men

May 1, 2013

A survey of 64,000 people across the world lends a lot of evidence traditionally feminine values and traits are vital to leadership.

The Gender Pay Gap Persists

May 1, 2013

Women are still routinely out-earned by men, which makes the reliably high salaries in risk management attractive.

Running Mates: Infamous Sneaker Wars

April 3, 2013

Disputes in the sneaker industry.

Nine Hollywood Films Fraught with Risk

March 27, 2013

The threats that troubled Apocalypse Now, The Crow, Waterworld, Troy, Gangster Squad and World War Z.

Former Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley Discusses Risk and Strategy

March 18, 2013

Lafley's time at the top of the consumer-products giant gave him a unique vantage point on global risks.

The Drought Debate Down Under

March 12, 2013

Could record temperatures in Australia lead to drought?

The Risks of 2013

February 22, 2013

These trends — in business, technology and society at large — will underpin the threats and opportunities facing risk managers this year.

Ed Whitacre's Life at AT&T and GM

February 12, 2013

Former AT&T and GM CEO Ed Whitacre recounts his time atop two of America's most iconic companies.

Fighting the War on Hail in Texas

February 11, 2013

Hail is the costliest peril in Texas and business owners need to protect themselves from its impact.

Moving from GAAP to IFRS

February 9, 2013

Accounting standards may be changing soon but the transition won’t be seamless — or cheap.

Zero Dark Policy

February 8, 2013

The changing terrorist threat across the globe is coinciding with a transition in the terrorism insurance market.

Technology Isn't Your BYOD Problem, People Are

February 1, 2013

“There are fewer technology issues than there are human resources considerations,” says Tim Francis of Travelers.

Strategic Risk Management Not Widespread in Europe

December 5, 2012

Only one-third of European companies embed risk management into strategic decision making.

Failing to Succession Plan Is Planning to Fail

December 3, 2012

The NBA spent much of the past decade preparing for its leader’s retirement. Why don’t more companies?

The Year in Risk 2012

November 29, 2012

To the surprise of no one, 2012 was yet another year fraught with risk. From debt crises and drought to fines and floods to recalls and re-elections, the last 12 months have had it all.

Cut the Dead Weight and Embrace Simplicity

November 19, 2012

Simplicity beats complexity and other lessons in this review of Matthew May's latest book The Laws of Subtraction.

Using Mobile Apps in Disasters

November 14, 2012

People are increasingly turning to mobile devices for emergency info, but they could use more options.

Insurer Trends Center on Technology

September 13, 2012

Insurers’ wealth of data — and how they manage it — may be their greatest asset for pricing risk more accurately and adjusting risk appetite.

Reputation Risk is the Biggest Threat Companies Face from Social Media

September 13, 2012

Two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey believe that social media is either a critical or significant risk to their organization's reputation.

SEC Revolving Door May Improve Regulatory Enforcement

August 24, 2012

An incentive to prove their value to future employers may prompt some SEC officials to pad their resumes with impressive-looking enforcement actions.

How the Dream Team Foreshadowed the Olympics' Sponsorship Controversy

August 22, 2012

Given what happened 20 years ago after Michael Jordan won a gold medal, we should have seen the recent firestorm coming.

Sarbanes-Oxley’s Approval Rating on the Rise

August 2, 2012

While SOX remains a burden in several ways, at least some companies now — 10 years later — feel like it has actually led to some worthwhile accounting improvements.

Transition of Power

August 1, 2012

The major risks ahead as natural gas power plants increasingly replace traditional coal plants.

Using Social Media to Mitigate Reputation Risk

June 2, 2012

Over three-fourths of people trust a company more when its CEO engages in social media.

Ten Dying Industries

June 1, 2012

Even during an economic recovery, these declining industries continue to underperform.

The Healthy Firming of the Insurance Market

June 1, 2012

Despite the upward pricing trend, few would be willing to categorize this as a hard insurance market. It is something altogether different.

Grading State Insurance Commissions

April 30, 2012

Connecticut and Mississippi each received an "A," but the news wasn't so good throughout the rest of the nation. The average insurance commission grade was a "D+."

Experts Forceast Mild Hurricane Season for 2012

April 25, 2012

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quiet. Then again, these are merely predictions.

Insurers to Hire in 2012

April 1, 2012

More companies now say they expect to increase staff than at any time since before Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008.

The Girl with the Riskiest Tattoo

April 1, 2012

The production of any blockbuster film is a challenge, but none were more difficult in 2011 than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

What the Octopus Can Teach Us About Security

April 1, 2012

To improve security, society should embrace adaptability — an approach that better resembles the evolutionary process of the species that thrive across the globe today.

Mangrove Tsunami Protection

March 2, 2012

Coastal mangrove forests create a natural barrier against tsunamis.


March 2, 2012

Egypt’s soccer riot in February was among the most horrific sports tragedies in modern times.

Workplace Homicides on the Decline

March 1, 2012

The number of workplace homicides is less than half of what it was 20 years ago.

After a Data Breach: Notifying the Exposed

February 1, 2012

As privacy regulations on data handling go federal, companies need to keep up with the new rules.

Unmanaged Retirement Plan Risks

February 1, 2012

Many companies are not managing the risks created by ineffective retirement plan governance.

The Risks of 2012

January 3, 2012

In 2012, these are the issues that, if they don’t keep up you up at night, might bring down your business.

In Honor of Risk Education

December 1, 2011

How the Spencer Educational Foundation is helping to train the next generation of risk managers.

Debt Ceiling Debate, U.S. Rating Downgrade, Euro Zone Default Spur Market Turmoil

December 1, 2011

The only thing that could make the economy of 2011 worse? Politicians.

The Year in Risk 2011

December 1, 2011

We chronicle the past 12 months through the lens of risk, from the Japan earthquake and the Arab Spring to the Greek debt crisis and the death of Steve Jobs.

Insurers’ Charity Often Goes Wasted

December 1, 2011

How can insurers do more good with the money they donate?

Brad Pitt as Risk Manager

November 18, 2011

Moneyball, ERM and the death of the status quo.

Reviewing 18 Minutes, a Book Not Even Worth Five

November 1, 2011

There is a better way to spend eighteen minutes than reading this book.

The Risks of Working from Home

November 1, 2011

Paul Braun of Aon Global Risk Consulting explains the risks of this modern approach to work.

Longer Lives, Larger Liabilities

October 1, 2011

The rise in life expectancy could mean that companies have a major unfunded liability on their balance sheets.

The Growing Pirate Threat in the Gulf of Guinea

October 1, 2011

The dangers of Somali pirates are well known. But risk also swirls in the waters on the other side of Africa.

How September 11 Changed Insurance

October 1, 2011

Ten years after September 11, Jeff Beauman of FM Global explains how the attack altered an industry.

Austerity Risk

October 1, 2011

The current obsession with fiscal tightening in many countries may be misguided.

Benchmarking Risk Management

September 1, 2011

Two reports from RIMS will help risk managers see how they stack up to their peers.

Deadliest Terrorist Attacks

September 1, 2011

The 10-year anniversary of September 11 reminds us that terrorist attacks have been all too common.

Insurers Spending on IT

September 1, 2011

Nearly half of all insurers plan to increase their IT budgets in 2012.

From the Office to the Classroom

September 1, 2011

Why one successful risk manager left his dream job in the private sector to join academia and teach the next generation of risk managers.

Hope for Long-Term Care Costs

August 1, 2011

States looking to reform long-term care costs should consider following the trail Texas blazed.

Big States, Bad Insurance Regulation

August 1, 2011

Florida, California, Texas and New York are among the worst six states when it comes to insurance regulations.

A Hurricane Katrina Memoir

August 1, 2011

A review of former FEMA chief Michael Brown's unapologetic Hurricane Katrina memoir.

The Global Food Crisis

August 1, 2011

Environmental legend Lester Brown discusses what he now believes may be society’s weak link.

Dodd-Frank One Year Later

August 1, 2011

Uncertainty abounds for financial sector companies more than 12 months after the bill became law.

A History of Violence

June 1, 2011

Strategies to prevent workplace violence.

Insurers' 2011 Objectives

June 1, 2011

Three main initiatives will dominate the investment objectives for carriers this year.

The Lives of Workers

June 1, 2011

For National Safety Month, a look back at significant moments in workplace safety.

In Harm’s Way: Evacuating Employees from the Middle East

June 1, 2011

Evacuating employees from Egypt during the uprisings.

Losing Your Appetite

May 1, 2011

Defining an organization's risk apetite should be the first step in risk management. Instead, many aren't even doing it.

The Rise of a New Superbug

May 1, 2011

Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), a bacteria untreatable by any known antibiotic, is spreading in Southern California.

Early Warning Signs of Disasters

May 1, 2011

Exploring the early-warning signs common to all disasters.

A Storm By Any Other Name

May 1, 2011

We will never again call a hurricane Igor or Tomas, but other named storms may batter the coast this year.

In the Wake of the Quake: Building Code Lessons

May 1, 2011

Countless lives were saved by Japan’s stringent building codes, which are based on lessons of its past disasters. Can others learn from this?

The Rising Costs of Compliance

April 1, 2011

Global compliance professionals see regulatory risk increasing in 2011.

Help Wanted in the Insurance Industry

April 1, 2011

The insurance industry is one of the few hiring.

BRIC Economies Lack Adequate Risk Management

April 1, 2011

Brazil, Russia, India and China are great places to do business. Just don’t expect much risk management help.

The Metrodome Roof Falls Down

April 1, 2011

A blizzard causes a collapse of the Metrodome roof in Minnesota.

Olympic Luger Dies Despite Warnings

April 1, 2011

The death of an Olympian highlights safety concerns.

Corporate Crises in the New Media World

April 1, 2011

Richard Levick of Levick Strategic Communications discusses how companies can navigate a crisis.

All Risk Is Local

March 1, 2011

Wharton School risk management center director Howard Kunreuther discusses 2011’s top global risks.

The Science of Risk

March 1, 2011

Five labs and research centers that make the world smarter, safer and more resilient.

Data Privacy Rules Around the World

March 1, 2011

Data privacy is pecoming an increasingly perilous threat as regulations become more prevalent and complex worldwide.

A History of Blizzards

February 1, 2011

A blizzard halted Christmas traffic in the Northeast. But that was nothing compared to these past storms.

Q&A: A World of Risk

February 1, 2011

Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer discusses the largest international threats for 2011.

Solvency II Procrastination

February 1, 2011

Some 10% of companies have yet to even begin to prepare for Solvency II implementation.

The Biggest Risks of 2011

February 1, 2011

The largest risks facing society in the months and years ahead are macroeconomic and have no immediate solutions.

Workarounds That Work

February 1, 2011

Russell Bishop offers advice on how to do your job better.

The Year in Risk 2010

December 1, 2010

The Gulf oil spill and Haitian earthquake were the year’s biggest stories. But so much more happened in 2010. Here’s a rundown.

Climate Change in the Gulf Coast

December 1, 2010

The Gulf Coast has experienced a lot of tragedy in recent years. Sadly, things might get even worse.

Big Risks Come in Small Packages

December 1, 2010

Coca Cola, Wal-Mart, Kraft, Del Monte, Safeway and Kroger have all failed in their efforts to address BPA in their product packaging.

Where Good Ideas Come From

November 1, 2010

The history of innovation.

Short on Supply, Long on Risk

November 1, 2010

Businesses that cut costs on supply may be unable to adjust as customers start buying again.

Regulatory Uncertainty and Insurance

November 1, 2010

Will more regulation equal better regulation?

Workers Say Safety Is Paramount

October 1, 2010

Everyone knows safety is important -- but none more so than workers.

The Coral Cryobank

October 1, 2010

With coral reefs disappearing from the seas, scientists are freezing them to stave off extinction.

Your Staplers Are Safe, Your Data Isn't

October 1, 2010

Nowadays, employees are more likely to steal corporate data than they are to steal office supplies.

From Tactical to Strategic: Risk Management's Next Move

September 2, 2010

Strategic risk management may not be the discipline’s endgame, but it is the next evolution. Time to start thinking strategic and long term.

Crude ERM Implementation

September 1, 2010

Enterprise risk management is becoming common in the energy sector, but true implementation lags.

Iran Sanctions and Insurance

September 1, 2010

Tougher sanctions against doing business that assists Iran were passed, but enforcement questions remain.

Five Years After Katrina

September 1, 2010

Five years after Katrina, New Orleans is finally recovering despite the recession and the oil spill.

In Management, One Size Doesn't Fit All

September 1, 2010

Management is always tough. But by being more leinent, you may achieve more.

Safeguarding the Ivory Tower

September 1, 2010

Teaching risk management is hard. But it looks easy compared to the neverending job of actually managing the risks of a major university.


August 1, 2010

Doing more with less.

Companies Not Reporting Risk

August 1, 2010

Risk reporting remains the most difficult nonfinancial information to convey to corporate leadership.

No One Is Ready for Disaster

August 1, 2010

Feel underprepared for hurricane season? Don't worry — so does everyone else.

Kidnap & Ransom Trends

August 1, 2010

The threat of kidnapping has never been greater for employees traveling abroad.

Spilling the Blame

August 1, 2010

The failure of BP’s fail-safe is an all-too-familiar saga about the ineffectiveness of a public watchdog.

The End of the Free Market

June 1, 2010

A review of Ian Bremmer's new book, "The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?"

Below the Cloud, Under the Radar

June 1, 2010

Gauging the risks and rewards of cloud computing.

Carpe Diem

June 1, 2010

Opportunities for internal audit.

Customer Service Innovation

April 1, 2010

Ranking the best in cutting-edge customer service.

The Deadliest Earthquakes

April 1, 2010

A look at deadly earthquakes throughout history.

Explosive Potential

April 1, 2010

An explosion at a gas power plant highlights the need for better risk management.

All My Children

April 1, 2010

Hot dogs lead the list of foods that present choking hazards to children.

The Little Big Things: 163 Ways To Pusue Excellence

April 1, 2010

Thoughts on how to achieve corporate success by the author of In Search of Excellence.

Web of Sadness

April 1, 2010

Does excessive internet usage cause depression?

Flip the Funnel

March 1, 2010

Acquiring new customers might require a new strategy.

Counting Calories

March 1, 2010

Accurate information can influence consumer eating habits.

The Doomsday Clock

March 1, 2010

A brief history of the Doomsday Clock.

After Haiti: The Future of Disasters

March 1, 2010

The tragedy in Haiti, the latest in a decade that saw no shortage of natural catastrophes throughout the world, has prompted a re-evaluation of disaster preparedness and response.

Learning from Catastrophes

February 1, 2010

A collection of studies in risk management edited by Wharton professors Howard Kunreuther and Michael Useem.

Q&A: Handling Fraud Claims

February 1, 2010

Brad Murlick and Paul Lux of Navigant Consulting discuss how to respond to fraud claims.

Teaching a Man to Not Fish

February 1, 2010

A record bluefin tuna sale highlights the overfishing of a species nearing collapse.

The Dark Side of Sunshine

December 1, 2009

A black market for solar panels undermines environmental efforts and leads to increased theft.

Your Grandmother Is a Liar

December 1, 2009

You shouldn't trust your grandmother's so-called wisdom farther than you can throw it

Security Breach on Capitol Hill

December 1, 2009

The data security procedures of Congress were called into question after a junior staffer's error.

Atlanta Can't Blame Climate Change for Drought

December 1, 2009

Instead, the city must learn to manage a rapidly rising population that is increasingly depleting its lone main reservoir.

Medical Liability Claims on the Rise

December 1, 2009

"Worsening economic conditions in 2008 may have influenced individuals to assert claims against hospital systems," says an Aon expert.

The Coastal Balancing Act

November 1, 2009

Certain communities have instituted coastal land-use plans to better manage the threats they face.


November 1, 2009

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's sequel to the best-selling Freakonomics take another look at unique economic scenarios.