No Time for Complacency

In a speech last week to the Banque Centrale du Luxembourg, Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Donald Kohn provided a thorough analysis of events leading to the current financial crisis.  A major portion of his remarks focused on the inadequate investment in risk management by many financial institutions.  In his view, the long period of relative stability in financial markets bred a high level of complacency and inattention to the growing risks.  As he stated,

“Complacency contributed to the unwillingness of many financial market participants to enhance their risk-management systems sufficiently to take full account of the new (perhaps unknown) risks they were taking on.”

Risk management should be a primary focus of all companies, financial and non-financial, at all times.  It is precisely the moment when profits are at their peak and economic times are good that companies should be most vigilent.  Now, we are in catch-up mode and must make greater investment in risk management to ensure complacency does not become part of the risk equation again.


About Wheelhouse Advisors
Wheelhouse Advisors LLC is the publisher of The ERM Current™, an online publication and blog dedicated to providing the latest updates on current trends in Enterprise Risk Management & Control. Wheelhouse Advisors provides cost-effective Enterprise Risk Management & Control solutions to both large and mid-size corporations. To learn more about Wheelhouse Advisors, please visit our web site at

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: