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Corporate Governance and Risk: A Systems Approach


Praise for Corporate Governance & Risk

"Leaders in all three sectors will find Jack Shaw's new book an indispensable guide to decision making. When the old answers do not fit the new questions, Jack provides the concepts, the language, and the focus that governance and management require to be viable and relevant in an uncertain future."
–Frances Hesselbein
Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

"Corporate Governance and Risk introduces a new perspective on managing organizational risk that is needed to thrive in today's ever-changing environment, and will become the blueprint for high-performing organizations ready to alter their perspective on risk and discover unconventional wisdom."
–Leonard Schaeffer
Chairman and CEO, WellPoint

"Corporate Governance and Risk drives home the essential Druckerian principle that effective management is fundamentally a moral vocation. Jack Shaw's perspectives, developed over a long and distinguished career as a management consultant, make clear that sound governance begins with the tone at the top."
–Steadman Upham
President, Claremont Graduate University

"In today's business environment–with the Enron scandal and the crisis of faith in corporate leadership and with a dynamic and increasingly volatile external environment–it is more critical than ever that we safeguard our company's reputation and ensure that we manage for risks appropriately and proactively. Traditional approaches to risk management consider only risks that are apparent and generally assume static conditions, rather than acknowledging that the world of business–indeed the world at large–is a very dynamic place in which the unexpected happens regularly. In Corporate Governance and Risk: A Systems Approach, John Shaw describes a systematic methodology for managing for risks in a dynamic setting that has been invaluable to me in structuring effective enterprise risk management at Washington Mutual."
–William A. Longbrake, Vice Chair
Enterprise Risk Management, Washington Mutual, Inc.

JOHN C. (JACK) SHAW, former vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche, acts as a senior advisor in the area of enterprise risk management to the firm. From 1998 through 2000, Shaw was dean and special assistant to the president of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California.


CHAPTER 1: Order from Chaos.

A discussion of market behavior—how it is affected by human emotions and by economic supply and demand. The Action/Reaction theory of a natural cycle that circulates throughout the market.

CHAPTER 2: What Is a Reaction Swing?

The Reaction swing is the central point where the Action ends and the Reaction begins. Rules to identify Reaction swings and to project future turning points in the market.

CHAPTER 3: “Swing Trading” the Reaction Swing.

Using the Reaction swing to identify short-term trading signals. Rules for entry. Target projections based on time and price.

CHAPTER 4: The Reaction Cycle.

Market trends will unfold through an identifiable pattern called the Reaction cycle. How to identify each segment of this cycle from beginning to end.

CHAPTER 5: Reaction Lines.

Projecting target prices using Action/Reaction lines.

CHAPTER 6: The Price Is Right.

Where and when is the right time to exit a trade? An easy method to determine when the price is right.

CHAPTER 7: Reversal Dates and the Gann Fan.

Reversal dates are based on a natural cycle that circulates through the market. How natural support and resistance levels can work in conjunction with the Reversal dates.

CHAPTER 8: Market Tells.

Price patterns exhibit specific characteristics. How these patterns foretell future market action.

CHAPTER 9: Time, Price, and Pattern Working Together.

Combining time and price projections with price patterns to confirm entry and exit signals.

CHAPTER 10: When the Patterns Do Not Match Exactly.

Nothing works 100 percent of the time. What to do when the patterns do not match exactly.

CHAPTER 11: Bullish and Bearish Divergence.

Another technical indicator used to identify trend exhaustion.

CHAPTER 12: When You Can’t Find the Cycle.

An alternative use of the Reaction swing. A testimony for the versatility of the Reaction swing. Using one Reaction swing to project several future Reversal dates.

CHAPTER 13: Long-Term Trend versus Short-Term Trend.

Long-term trends are often connected by a specific pattern. How to identify the long-term trends using the A-B-C pattern.

CHAPTER 14: When Is the Price Right?

Price can exceed time when unexpected events surprise the market. How the Action/Reaction lines establish predetermined exit targets.

CHAPTER 15: Stocks.

Applying the Reaction swing methodology to individual stocks.

CHAPTER 16: Knowledge Is Power.

The best investment that you can make is investment in yourself. The market knowledge that will give you the edge.

CHAPTER 17: Some Final Words.

Words of wisdom.

Resources for Traders.

APPENDIX: Charting Basics.

What you should know about bar charts.