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RISK MANAGEMENT SITES

From the Risk Experts

www.irmi.com

One of the most useful features of the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) site is its Expert Commentary section, which posts articles written by industry specialists in insurance, law, legal trends and other aspects of risk management. IRMI also has a resource directory and financial rating, provided by Standard and Poor’s, on more than 3000 insurance companies.

Risk Management Information

www.nonprofitrisk.org

The Nonprofit Risk Management Center offers information on upcoming conferences and on new books on related topics. Its online newsletter Community Risk Management and Insurance is free to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Detailed articles cover topics such as professional liability, disability, fundraising risks and on-site crime. Visitors can also find Riskfacts—answers to frequently asked questions on liability, insurance and risk management.

More on Risk Management

www.aria.org/rts

The Risk Theory Society’s home page is on the American Risk and Insurance Association Web site. The purpose of this small group (fewer than 100 members) is “to foster research into topics in risk theory and risk management.” The society meets annually to discuss its members’ reactions to papers it received on risk management. These papers are available online, along with instructions for submitting your own.

Still More to Risk

risk.das.state.or.us

Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services Risk Management Division’s home page offers a policy manual and back issues of RisKey Notes. Topics include disaster recovery and employee injury. Oregon’s property loss report and state self-insurance claims forms are also available.

A Plan for Contingencies

www.contingencyanalysis.com

This home page, created by consultant Glyn Holton, offers information on financial risk management and is organized into sections for discussion groups, new information, links to similar sites and a glossary. A research section includes downloadable papers on value at risk, risk visualization and accuracy vs. precision.

Look Through This Portal

www.globalcontinuity.com

This site provides access to international news stories on business continuity management issues. Also available are product information and reviews, an online recruitment section and back issues of the Journal of Business Continuity. Registration is free.

GENERAL INTEREST SITES

Big Bureau Is Watching

www.bbib.org

The Bureau for Better Internet Business offers both consumer and business sections and is devoted to promoting fair trade practices and integrity for online consumers. Like the Better Business Bureau, this organization allows consumers to file complaints or record praise for existing Web-based businesses. The sections, What Can the BBiB Do for Me? and Consumer FAQ, clarify questions about its services.

An Electronic Address Book

www.webaddressbook.com

This site offers a free personal and business organizer that includes address book, calendar and e-mail capabilities. Also of use are the site’s file and bookmark manager functions as well as to-do list, notepad and company manager features.

Start Searching Here

www.greatinfo.com

For both business and personal interests, the Information Center is a good site to bookmark. Included on it are 62 links to finance and investment sites devoted to banking, mutual funds and taxes. Visitors can link to online vendors, courier services and news sites, as well as to directories for locating people and e-mail addresses.

Plan for Retirement

www.ssa.gov/retire

The Social Security Administration’s retirement planner includes calculators to estimate expected benefits, as well as a section on eligibility issues. It reviews factors that may affect your retirement benefits including self-employment, military service, work for nonprofit organizations and work outside of the United States. A section with answers to frequently asked questions is also included.

A CPA’s Site

www.cpadvantage.com

Kenneth Jarvis, a CPA in Sarasota, Florida, has a site that mixes business issues with pleasure. In addition to newsletters, magazines and online calculators, there’s a section for accounting jokes. Also available are tax tips and the Tax Wizard, a program Jarvis created to determine, based on your responses, “material participation,” tax treatment of a vacation home and whether you have met the home office requirement.

SPONSORED REPORT

Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.