As I trudged my way through its 64 pages this week, it occurred to me that "Global Risks 2012," the new report from the World Economic Forum, should come with some sort of warning label. Honestly, keep this one away from the children, the clinically depressed or anyone less congenitally optimistic than Tim Tebow.
The report, now in its seventh edition, is a product of the WEF’s Risk Response Network in collaboration with Marsh & McLennan Cos., Swiss Re, Zurich Financial Services and the Wharton Center for Risk Management breaks down risk into five spheres: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological. For each sphere, the report identifies a center of gravity. For example, in the economic sphere, the center is "chronic fiscal imbalances, which has attendant risks including rapid inflation or deflation, and recurring liquidity crises.
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