Finance

The looming risk for banks: biodiversity loss

Society faces a critical juncture in one of the defining challenges of our time: the loss of biodiversity. It places severe costs on our economy. Stakeholders require information regarding their exposure to nature-related risks, and how entities are improving resilience across strategic, operational and financial dimensions. But how does biodiversity loss impact financial institutions? Read more

The great balancing act: Managing the coming $30 trillion deficit while restoring economic growth

Rima Assi, David Fine and Kevin Sneader As they continue to grapple with a global pandemic, governments will need to manage deficits and debt-payment plans while finding the best ways to support economic recovery. The dual imperative of our time is to save lives and safeguard livelihoods—and governments around the world are pulling out all the stops to do so. The resulting ramp-up […]

The financial impact of COVID-19 on health systems and how CFOs are responding

Bede Broome In McKinsey’s Health System Financial Resilience Survey, CFOs and finance executives of health systems indicated that they are expecting a dramatic impact on both operating margin and cash flow. Beyond the devastating humanitarian impact inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic impact on healthcare systems is, and is expected to continue to be, significant. CFO’s and finance executives […]

Risk Management Practices Adopted by European Financial Firms with a Mediterranean Connection

Simon Grima and Frank Bezzina Following the economic and financial crises, any activity involv ing internal controls, especially risk management, has been given more attention. With this study, we aim to contribute further to the existing literature on risk management by looking at practices adopted by financial services firms licenced in Europe with a Mediterranean connection. We used parts of […]

Financial Literacy: The Case of Poland

PRIMO: Financial literacy is essential in the world of public value and risk management. Financial engineering is one of the key factors in our FORTE™ framework for good governance, published by Jack P. Kruf, Simon Grima, Murat Kizilkaya, Jonathan Spiteri, Wouter Slob, John O’Dea in 2019.  Financial literacy is a factor in the quality of decision making. This study shares […]

Fiscal resilience: Tools to manage state budgets in an age of uncertainty

Jonathan Davis, Navjot Singh and Todd Wintner When the next economic downturn comes, states will need to be more deliberate about how they manage expenditures and revenues than ever before. An emerging theme across US states —and many regional governments in developed economies— is persistent fiscal uncertainty. Demographic change, spiraling healthcare inflation, and underfunded liabilities have placed states under unyielding fiscal pressures.

An energy transition risk stress test for the financial system of the Netherlands

De Nederlandsche Bank Almost 200 countries have signed the Paris Agreement: a pledge to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. To realize this pledge, global greenhouse gas emissions will need to be reduced substantially. This, in turn, requires a global transition to a low-carbon economy and energy system. Such an energy transition may give rise to shocks that […]