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Bill Sharon

Bill Sharon
Bill Sharon has been conducting seminars, workshops, and consulting assignments in the area of risk management for the past 12 years. He has 30 years' experience in the financial services and marketing/communications industry in a variety of C-level positions and consultancies. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines (CIO Magazine, Business Finance, Business Credit Magazine) and has authored numerous articles as well as a blog, that is read in more than 80 countries. Sharon holds a clinical degree, and for the first 10 years of his professional life he worked with adolescents—an experience that taught him the very difficult skill of how to listen. His website, Strategic Operational Risk Management Solutions can be found at

Recent blog posts

  • Making Up Money
    The trillion-dollar coin is getting a sustained amount of press these days. Essentially the idea is that if the Republicans continue to be intransigent about raising the debt ceiling the President could use the law that allows the Treasury to mint commemorative coins to make one with a face value of a trillion dollars. It would then be deposited in the Treasury’s account at the Federal Reserve and voilà; the government has a boatload of money to work with. Whether or not it is a good idea, it does prompt a question that no one seems to want to deal with: What is money?
  • The Risk of the Single Metric
    Over the past several decades the number of metrics used to measure a company’s worth has narrowed to one: profit. The formula is simple: Profit = Excellence
  • The Certainty of Uncertainty
    Over the past year we have heard intermittent calls for the restoration of confidence, usually by those who would relax all manner of regulation and oversight of commercial and financial ventures. The past, it would seem, adds credibility to their argument. Regulation in the financial markets and the internal financial operations of publically held companies has done absolutely nothing to prevent the ongoing crisis that we find ourselves in.
  • Truth in America
    Truth is an emotion applied to a set of facts. President Obama stated early in his State of the Union speech: “Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again”.
  • The risk of war in Korea
    Regardless of your opinion about the existence and intent of Wikileaks perhaps the most surprising thing about the internal diplomatic cables that have been revealed to date is that they are not very surprising.
  • Separation of bank and state
    Perhaps the most ominous part of Ireland’s proposed austerity plan is the decrease by €1 in the minimum wage. When you first read that number is doesn’t seem so bad – it’s only a 1/one. That’s until you remember that the minimum wage is expressed in compensation per hour.
  • The French and the Fat Lady
    Every American school child learns of the exploits of the Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. Some go on to read Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and learn of the author’s admiration for the establishment of our democratic state.
  • Fear, rage and bad decisions
    I spent the first ten years of my adult life working in psychiatric facilities – in those days called mental institutions of even “loony bins” by my insensitive friends. I got the job right out of college. I simply showed up at the administration building at Manhattan State Hospital and announced that I was reporting for work. There was a bit of a kerfuffle (that’s Scottish meaning “disorder”).
  • It's the money, stupid
    Some thirty plus years ago I read a book entitled Man's Worldly Goods - The Story of The Wealth of Nations by Leo Huberman. Mr. Huberman was an avowed socialist and co-founder of The Monthly Review – a dyed in the wool lefty if there ever was one. My recollection is that his book was easy to read and an interesting history of how wealth was defined over time and through a number of different economic systems.
  • QE2 - the last resort
    Quantitative Easing was invented by the Bank of Japan during the 1990’s. The idea is that the central bank creates money and buys bond assets from banks and other financial institutions. That puts more money in the hands of the banks which they can then use to create even more money.
  • Guest blog: The Means of Exchange
    The past several weeks have seen new revelations about the complexity of the mortgage industry and the astonishing level of sloppy work done to document that complexity. We are on the verge of massive lawsuits and a good deal of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of the banks that issued the loans and the entities that processed, repackaged and sold them as securities.


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