In this report

Better ways to detect problems early must be devised. Governance needs to improve, with better management of all kinds of risk

Humbled financiers reassess their culture

Misjudgment of human factors, the failure of technology and rogue traders have caused huge reputational damage

Special Report

Lehman Brothers UK Business Placed Into Administration...LONDON - SEPTEMBER 15: Men leave Lehman Brothers' Canary Wharf office on September 15, 2008 in London, England. The fourth largest American investment bank has announced that it's filing for bankruptcy protection during a growing financial crisis. (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images) ©Getty
Examine how businesses face a broad array of pressures and the ways in which risk management has become increasingly important.

Unrest in Europe raises concerns worldwide

Possible fresh upheaval in the eurozone could threaten recovery as much as turmoil in Ukraine and Turkey

Investment: Need to balance caution and will to win

Excessive timidity can turn out to be an expensive way of sleeping better

The euro’s strength poses problems for business

Many multinationals now find themselves exposed to swings of as much as 20%

Patrick McCoy

Pensions: UK employees prepare for auto enrolment

Individuals will soon have to develop the skills to determine their appetite for risk

New kidnap hotspots pose greater risk

An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 abductions occur every year, but many go unreported

Spending on big projects is a delicate balancing act

Governments are the primary source of funding but austerity measures have made money very tight

An elderly couple walking on the sand

Longevity: Funding old promises is proving costly

The struggle to meet pension needs continues as people realise there is not enough money in the pot

A Serco security van, used to transport detainees, arrives at the Old Bailey on June 3, 2008 in London, England
©Daniel Berehulak

Serco pays high price for lax controls and poor culture

The outsourcing group has its work cut out to repair the damage to its reputation