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  • Jul 25, 2014
  • Updated: 8:26pm


British CFOs ready to take on more risk, bank loans

The finance chiefs of Britain’s biggest companies say their appetite for risk has returned, with a poll showing they believe access to bank lending will ease this year, enabling them to expand and hire more staff.

Monday, 6 January, 2014, 4:47pm

Book review: Taking Smart Risks, by Doug Sundheim

Stop playing safe. If you want to lead your firm to sustainable success, you must take the right risks, argues consultant Doug Sundheim in his new business guide. "Unfortunately, we rarely hear any warnings about playing it safe," he writes.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:52pm

Piste risk

When I resided in the UK, I used to buy Piste Closure Insurance (PCI) in conjunction with booking my ski holiday, a reader writes. He did this in case his booked resort received insufficient snow, leading to some of the lifts and pistes being closed when he got there.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:05am

Bright people, dumb actions

In some quarters, a view persists that the financial meltdown of 2008 was somehow unavoidable. It is a notion, though, that Professor Jeffrey Gandz, of the Richard Ivey School of Business, is keen to scotch.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Advisers help balance risks and rewards

China's state-owned enterprises face growing business risks as they expand into unknown territory overseas as part of the 'going out' strategy encouraged by Beijing.

To manage those risks they are turning to international consultancies to protect themselves from potential problems including labour disputes, financial losses and physical danger.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Stress-testing is now mandatory

Peter Lam will spend a fair part of the conference on 'Basel III: New Rules for Bankers', discussing the need for stress-testing in financial institutions.

His expertise comes from advising a host of big banks and from recent dealings with Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA), as he helped to steer RBS and Lloyd's through the worst of the crisis.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Relief at authority's admission of flaws

The Hospital Authority has admitted there were flaws in the process under which two senior doctors were punished for Caritas Medical Centre's failure to assist an elderly heart attack victim who collapsed at its front door.

One of the doctors, Ng Fu, head of the accident and emergency department, said yesterday he was relieved at the authority's admission.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Science and politics, the twin realities of climate-change fight

US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said that, despite President Barack Obama's pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, his ambition was unlikely to flourish in the face of political opposition.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Expertise urged over tree policy

A tree expert has hailed the government initiative announced yesterday to review tree conservation policy.

Jim Chi-yung, chair professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong, said a comprehensive, instead of short-term, policy should be adopted to avoid a repeat of a tree collapse at Stanley in August in which a 19-year-old student was killed.

1 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Natural-born detectives

Demand for specialists to conduct due diligence, probe fraud and handle crisis management is growing in Asia

All businesses carry an element of risk, especially those in the finance industry. This has led financial organisations to keep risk to a minimum by outsourcing the services of specialist financial risk consultancies.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am