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A man dressed as a city gentleman walks across a tightrope in London’s financial district November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird (BRITAIN)
ORX, the financial industry trade group for operational risk leaders, recently reported a sharp decline in non-financial risk related loss incidents reported by its member banks over the past three months. While it is possible that banks have universally embraced higher business standards and risk controls – amidst one of the most challenging business environments in history – we find alternative explanations more convincing. These range from the benign (e.g., a reduction in business volumes) to the more worrisome: that existing risk reporting systems are simply failing to cope with “the new normal” and that risk events are going unreported and — worse — undetected altogether.