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In order to move forward we must look back. If we want to create a better future for our businesses we need to learn the lessons from the mistakes of the past.
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The Bigger Risk To Financial Services Jobs Is Automation Or Robots Not Brexit
Ignore the threat to financial services industry jobs of Brexit. You should be much more worried about the threat of robots. Job automation is the biggest finance sector threat and opportunity.
Job Automation Risk To Your Financial Sector Job
No doubt. Financial services industry is very important to the UK economy. If financial services jobs were lost other sectors would be affected. Fewer services jobs needed to service those in financial services jobs!
Many jobs in financial services are high paid jobs. Top British bankers are paid much more than elsewhere. Resistance to moving to Germany is as much about personal reasons. The UK economy may or may not suffer after Brexit. Bankers will suffer.
However people in financial services are facing automation existential threat. Never mind moving to Germany your job is going full stop!
FinTech company jobs will be prevalent. Bankers less so. Most financial services jobs can be done faster cheaper better. Robots will be
more reliable and
after a few years significantly cheaper
How long do you think the C Suite will keep your job. If job automation is better for bonuses your job is toast!
Existing financial services jobs are like UK miners jobs. The buildings will remain but the people in them will be different. Cyber security and fintech risk managers will be plentiful.
Banks insurers and funds will need cyber experts. They will stop external and internal threats to money.
Fintech risk managers will direct risk appetite and risk tolerance
C suite virtual bankers insurers fund managers will be wealthier
Wealthier investors but more at risk of systemic industry collapse
Software developers will frequent the bars and restaurants. Existing financial services people will be there waiting on tables!
Most existing financial services jobs will be lost to job automation. Do not doubt this for a second!
However it is not all doom and gloom. The key to survive is to move into the new financial services sector jobs. Some new financial services jobs do not exist right now! You must change your skills set to take advantage and survive.
Its not just the top bankers that need worry. Indeed they are the ones most likely to easily morph. Financial services jobs most at risk
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Any financial services sector job your current phone app replaces!
Consumers have a choice to use financial services apps and websites. In future the consumer will have no choice. Financial services consumers will not speak to people. People will be gone replaced by job automation. The robots will have taken over the financial services world!
There is no point in complaining. No point arguing with us. Better spending your time reskilling instead. Stop worrying about Brexit. Start retraining to overcome threat of job automation. Learn tech skills not German!
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There is an argument that the EU27 were being held back by UK. Maybe UK is being held back from global growth by EU? Most business leaders no longer care.
Most do not trade outside of their country
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Our role is not to meddle with the politics. What will be will be. Our duty is to make the best out of the finalised deal. BusinessRiskTV.com will help business leaders wherever they are trade more profitably.
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The long list of failures to manage enterprise risks is too depressing to list here. Such a waste of time, money and life! What an opportunity cost to corporate entities and society.
The only long lasting positive thing to come out of each major risk event, or negative aggregation risk outcome, is legislation
Our present crop of senior managers, executives, fund managers and politicians aren’t any worse, or better, than previous ones. Talking a good game about risk, governance or compliance GRC is often followed by another failure to manage risks with all stakeholders in mind.
Eventually the general public start looking for heads to lop-off and new legislation is written that can often be more risk-averse than it needed to be, but The People got sick of the incompetence at the top and “something had to be done”.
Business leaders and politicians often moan about statutory legislation, but if managers could manage risks better we wouldn’t need more legislation. Recent examples of major risk events, or aggregation of regular failure to manage smaller risk events, are more examples of our key risk decision-makers failing and more legislation is required to fill the gap in risk management knowledge and/or failing corporate risk management culture.
22nd February 2018 – Member’s of UK’s Parliament (MPs) Question Pensions Regulator In Public
The Pensions Regulator head with responsibility for monitoring pensions and protecting pensioners in UK admitted to MPs that the Pensions Regulator needed to be “clearer, quicker and tougher” in using its powers to force companies to pay more into their pension schemes.
As an example of the Pensions Regulator’s failure one could highlight Carillion where many thousands of pensioners face reduced pensions. Carillion’s pension Trustees asked the Pension Regulator in 2010 and 2013 to force Carillion to put more money into it’s pension scheme. The Pension Regulator twice refused and the Pension Regulator CEO since 2015 admitted that it should have done more to extract higher pension contributions from Carillion’s executive management team.
Carillion’s executives have claimed that a failing Qatar contract was one of the main causes of Carillion’s collapse, but auditors KPMG say that was not a cause of Carillion’s collapse.
KPMG tried to defend their auditing of Carillion’s accounts in 2016 and 2017, but the business select committee chairperson said she would “not hire you (KPMG) to audit the contents of my fridge”.
Much criticism has been expressed about the system of corporate governance in UK’s biggest companies. Who is responsible for the loss of pension benefits for Carillion pensioners is not clear, but what is clear that the current system of corporate governance and risk management is not working for stakeholders like pensioners, majority of employees, contractors, shareholders and corporate customers. The winners are winning big and the losers are losing big!
20th February 2018 – UK’s Pension Regulator Ignored Trustees Of Collapsed Outsourcing Firm Carillion
The pensions regulator twice ignored requests from trustees of Carillion to force the company to fill Carillion’s pension black hole.
The pensions regulator has come under fire from UK’s members of parliament for failing to take steps to protect Carillion’s pension scheme members, especially as they were asked twice by the trustees of the pension before Carillion collapsed. When Carillion collapsed, the firm had pension liabilities of around £3 billion.
“With characteristic alacrity, the Pensions Regulator started its arduous process of chasing money down from Carillion a few days after it was formally announced there was no money left,” Frank Field, chair of parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee.
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A growing skills gap in the UK Australia and USA will hold back organisations who are not more innovative and creative with their recruitment process. It is one of the biggest threats to corporate objectives this year.
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Assuming you are managing enterprise risks well can be dangerous
You might be taking too much risk unknowingly, but you might also be taking too little risk and failing to make the best use of your business assets.
How confident are you that you are managing enterprise risks cost-effectively?
What are the “hidden” costs of your failure to manage risk properly:
Missed opportunities cost
Over protection of business wasting resources and increasing your costs
Under protection leaving you exposed, threatening your survival or prosperity and stopping you getting a quiet night’s sleep
Can you demonstrate to your business stakeholders that significant enterprise-wide risks are being effectively managed? Have you a balanced risk -reward risk management plan that prioritises the allocation of resources for best potential effect on business objectives? When was the last time you reviewed your enterprise risk management plan?
Controlling the risks in the workplace is not just about safety and business insurance. Your business must control enterprise-wide risks. What is the aggregate effect of risk on your business objectives? Do you understand the threats to objectives and the opportunities you have in front of you?
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Do you have confidence your business is ready for emerging risks?
We are only at the beginning of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Many jobs are going to disappear. Many jobs are going to change. Businesses that don’t change to reflect emerging risks will not survive the rapid changes that have started but will accelerate over next few years.
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There is a yin and yang to all threats and opportunities.
Every threat comes with an opportunity to change for the better.
Every opportunity comes with a threat that the new will destroy existing value.
Business decision makers have tougher choices now than many recent business leaders have faced and many choices may threaten survival if you choose badly. Making good choices could also drive your business forward much faster than recently possible due to the financial crisis of 2008 and recovery therefrom.
Have you identified and assessed your enterprise-wide risks?
What have you done about the more significant risks to your business objectives? Managing risk is increasingly central to the art of business management. It is not a science. What is right for one business may not work for another in the same industry. Much will depend on the leaders of each business within the same industry.
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How do you develop and improve your enterprise risk management model
Your enterprise risk management framework is critical to embed cost effective enterprise risk management principles practices and procedures to protect your business better and grow it faster. Apply an improved ERM framework to aid improved strategic operational and project risk outcomes to support improved business performance and sustainability with less uncertainty.
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Our ERM capabilities oversight will enable your business to adopt a more practical more cost effective approach to risk mitigation, and seizing more new business opoortunities.
Take the ERM capabilities business healthcheck to find out your enterprise risk management framework maturity level. When you have benchmarked where your business is now you can work on enhancing your enterprise risk management ERM capabilities.
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Running a business can be very satisfying, but it can also be dangerous for the health of your finances! Potential risks will present ways to threaten business survival or reduce profitability. Other risks may present opportunities to grow faster. Both types of risk need to be managed to maximise your success both personally and corporately.
The business environment sets the scene for successful businesses, it doesn’t dictate your success or failure
Anyone can cross their fingers and hope for success, but clever business leaders don’t leave their success to luck!
Not everything is going to go well, no matter how hard you plan things. Life often gets in the way of the best business plans! In the real world you have to take calculated risks to achieve more than the next business leader who is risk averse.
How do you get the enterprise risk balance right though?
There are many ways to get the right enterprise risk management ERM balance right. First of all you need to know where you are now and how much of an appetite for risk your key decision-makers have.
Once risk appetite and risk tolerance are clear then the culture of risk management can be tailored to strike the right risk management balance for your organisation.
How to identify, manage and control the effect of risk on your business objectives
Some risk has to be accepted. How much? What is not acceptable has to be managed. How will risk is managed will dictate how sustainable your business will be in future, as well as how successful it will be.
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The risk management team or department should facilitate improved enterprise decision-making to boost business performance.
Risk management principles practice and process should increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the business. The business leaders will be able to take more risk consciously as opposed to unconscious acceptance of higher risk levels.
What is the right level of risk will depend on the risk appetite and risk tolerance of the business leaders. There maybe nothing wrong with a high corporate risk exposure to achieve business goals and objectives as long as you know how exposed the business is and put in suitable risk control measures.
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Adopting the principles practices and processes of iso 31000 will increase the likelihood of a business strategy being a success. It will also reduce the level of uncertainty that can accompany more challenging business objectives.
Enterprise risk management is not a once in a business lifecycle activity. It is a continuous activity that supports business development and implementation of a more risk aware business strategy.
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Use an enterprise risk management ERM framework to help you develop an effective business management strategy that protects your business assets and helps you grow faster.
A robust enterprise risk management framework will help embed a more risk aware culture up and down the organisation.
An effective risk management system will require a clear role for the risk management function in the business. The risk management function in the business can only develop added value for the organisation if it is fully supported in the boardroom. With the board behind the risk management function, all levels of the organisation will develop enhanced risk management capability enhanced by the risk manager or risk management team.
The risk management function will support corporate governance and risk oversight but cannot control corporate risks on its own.
Risk Management Function Supports Risk Identification Risk Assessment and Risk Control
However, the risk management function does not control corporate risks on its own.
The risk management function is integral to the risk management process, but it isn’t the sole component of the risk management process.
The risk management function educates informs and trains all levels of the organisation to assess prioritise and control corporate risks. It enables business leaders to manage enterprise risk better.
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Successful businesses have positive risk management cultures including positive safety management systems procedures and processes. Good businesses tend to have good safety management systems.
Promoting good health and safety culture is about changing attitudes at all levels of the organisation, from the top down. Changing behaviour begins with changing attitudes to risk and everyone has to take responsibility for safer working environment.
Just as managers and co-workers can facilitate or encourage poor safety practices, managers and co-workers can promote better safety management practices.
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Conformity Of Global Financial Leaders Led To 2008 Financial Crisis
Global financial leaders made faulty decisions because as a group they lost touch with reality and had an inherent poor moral compass. That has not changed.
Global Leaders Poor Moral Compass Will Lead To Next Financial Crisis
The financial services industry is like a cartel. It deliberately publishes false economic risk analysis and critically evaluates global risks to benefit the financial services preferred strategic direction. Such groupthink is creating business decision making that will lead to financial failure yet again.
The City is thinking as one to protect The City, not to develop a sustainable UK economy. It is fighting to protect itself in the short to medium term. If it succeeds it will miss the opportunities for more rapid business growth and the UK will miss out too.
The financial services industry is a highly cohesive and organised sector of the economy which is massively supported by the media and politicians.
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The saviour of capitalism is the full adoption of enterprise risk management ERM principles and practices.
Its about connecting business leaders to local suppliers more easily
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The benefits of local sourcing of business products and services are many and varied from environmental benefits to real cost savings to security of supply lines to flexibility of delivery.
In the UK it is more expensive to import goods and services from overseas due to around a 10 to 20 percent fall in the value of the pound against a basket of foreign currencies in the last 12 months. Where there may have been a substantial price difference between imports and domestic suppliers, this has mostly gone as can be witnessed by the fact that the UK is exporting more now that at any time since 1995.
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Sourcing products from around the world can lead to more cost and more business interruptions and less flexibility in meeting your customer needs.
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UK Pension Liabilities In Private Sector Public Sector and Not-For-Profit Sector Are Out Of Control
Why are the systems meant to protect those saving for retirement so inadequate? You might say they are underfunded rather than unfunded until you see how much underfunding there is and then you might agree that really pensions are unfunded!
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18th March 2018 – In Future UK Employees Pensions Maybe Better Protected
Avoiding or abusing pension responsibilities maybe made a crime under plans to crack down on business leaders who fail to comply with their responsibilities to protect pensions and pensioners in UK.
The UK’s Insolvency Service will also be given extra powers to help protect employees from negligent corporate business decision makers who put pension schemes at risk.
22nd January 2018 – UK Prime Minister May Says UK Will Stop Abuse Of Pension Schemes By Executives and Shareholders
The scandal of continuous underfunding of UK pensions and the abuse of pension provision in the UK has been highlighted once again by the collapse of the UK’s second biggest construction company, Carillion. Some 28,000 pensioners are likely to face reduced pension payments due to the collapse of Carillion with perhaps a £1 billion pension hole where Carillion’s money should be.
Instead of addressing the pension hole, Carillion executives chose to boost the performance of the firm by underfunding the pension pot, paying higher dividends and paying themselves larger bonuses than they would otherwise have been entitled to. Carillion pensioners will transfer to the Pension Protection Fund after the collapse of Carillion, but many pensioners many pension members out of pocket when their pension is likely to be cut.
The UK Prime Minister says the UK will clamp down on executives who “line their own pockets” while not protecting worker’s pensions.
New rules in the spring of 2018 will aim to deal with executives who threaten worker’s pensions in order to benefit personally from bigger bonuses or rewards.
However, Mrs May said last year after the BHS scandal that she would tackle executive abuse to pension contributions with no progress to date.
27th June 2017 – UK Pension Regulator published its report into a deal under which Philip Green paid £363m to BHS pension scheme
The Pension Regulator says the “main purpose” in selling BHS was to prevent taking on liability for the BHS pension scheme. The Pension Regulator says that under Mr Green’s watch, the BHS pension fund had moved from a surplus into a deficit. However, after Mr Green’s personal recent substantial contribution, BHS pension fund now has a £100m surplus.
However, what is clear, is that pension fund risk management is highly inadequate. Periodically massive pension fund shortfalls materialise into real financial loss to pensioners. This will continue until legislation corrects the inadequacy of the present regulatory control and monitoring. Perhaps the Pension Regulator could also do its job better. It needs to show its teeth earlier.
Citibank Report 2016
According to Citibank, the 20 largest OECD countries alone owe $78 trillion to their public sector pension funds (funding for pay-as-you-go and defined benefit public pensions).
Do you pay into a private pension in UK? Your employer isn’t! Overall private pension funding in UK is only up to around two-thirds of what is needed. Around three quarters of a trillion pounds extra is needed to fully fund private UK pensions!
Where is this money going to come from to make sure you get your pension when you retire?
Unfunded public sector pensions make up two-thirds of the £2 trillion UK pension liabilities. Private sector pension funds should hopefully become less of an issue as private pension funds or closed to new members and subsequently closed down altogether. However, BHS has shown how private pension funds can throw up real problems for those saving for retirement or in retirement.
Why has the UK got saving for retirement so badly wrong?
Unfunded state pensions are the legacy of our fathers and mothers. They have failed to grasp the nettle of saving for retirement and have left a mess to the next generation in the UK whilst pocketing relatively generous pensions for themselves. This is compounded by unfunded central and local government employee pensions.
Public sector pensions are essentially like illegal Ponzi schemes where people think they are investing in their future retirement, but largely they are paying the pensions of those who are retired in UK now. They are really paying money with little more than a hope that the young of today will pay their pension when they retire. However, there is no guarantee that the young of today and government’s of the future will feel inclined to pay for retired people’s lifestyles they have no hope of matching when the young eventually retire. The main risk control measure seems to be increasing the state retirement age. And so it continues.
Corrupt business leaders are also failing to pay into private pensions to fund the pension of many people in private sector funds. They seem to be hoping that they will get away with it and someone else will pick up the tab, which is normally the retired person who did pay their fair share into the pension fund.
Scores of bankers have been jailed for their part in the financial crisis but the rest of the world should hang its head in shame for it’s lack of demonstration of accountability for actions and inaction in face of corporate risk
Financial services industry leaders, not just bankers, were highly culpable for the financial crisis upon which people committed suicide and a lost their shirts. Financial leaders should lose their liberty.
The next financial crisis is just around the corner. We’ve seen many incidents since the financial crisis that haven’t quite been systemic risk events, but they have cost financial services company’s billions in fines for poor and deliberate malpractice. Financial services leaders haven’t learnt their lesson. They are just paying lip-service to good corporate governance. Only the real threat of the jail will stop the next financial crisis happening.
Not only have the culprits for the financial crisis got away with it, they have gone on to be leaders in the financial services industry or other leading businesses.
From leading bankers to leading politicians to leading regulators to leading credit rating agency leaders to leading central bankers, they have all prospered despite the financial crisis and many have gone from causing the financial crisis to other positions of power without being held to account for their actions or inaction.
There has been limited tightening of global financial services regulations but the ultimate sanction of losing your liberty is still highly unlikely. It still more likely that financial services leaders will depart their employer with handsome pay-offs and pension packages rather than serving time in a USA or UK jail.
Until individual financial services industry leaders face and are convicted of criminal prosecutions, business leaders will continue to lead their employers to hefty financial penalties and even liquidation. If you kill someone at work, you at least have some real chance of going to jail. If you kill a corporate entity, you will almost certainly not go to jail in UK and USA. Appearing in court to face charges is not the same as losing your liberty for 7-10 years.
European countries have been a little more robust at jailing the guilty, but only a few can be proud of their resolve to improve corporate governance in practice.
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20th June 2017 – SFO charges former Barclays chief executive John Varley and three others – Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath – after a five-year investigation into the £12bn “bailout fundraising” re-capitalisation of Barclays bank by Qatar
Barclays strategy was to go to Qatar for money instead of UK government. The bank and the ex-bank executives will officially respond to SFO charges on 3rd July. The charges include conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to a fundraising in June 2008. The ex-bank executives are facing potential jail of up to 10 years if convicted.
Other charges for some of those accused and the bank include providing unlawful financial assistance through a loan.
Barclays said it was considering its position in relation to these developments and awaiting further details of the charges..
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