10 Jan '12, 12pm

Risk management to be key function for CFOs in 2012

SINGAPORE: Chief financial officers have traditionally been seen as guardians for companies, and this role takes on a special significance in times of crisis. Alex Hungate, CEO of HSBC Singapore, said: "They really have to anticipate all kinds of eventualities that can come from a very volatile external environment. "So by keeping close links with capital markets, close links with their accounting partner and also with their banks, they can actually source external trends very rapidly and bring those into the management team that they are a part of." Amid the current debt crisis in Europe, there is pressure on lenders worldwide to remain highly-capitalised in order to survive the maelstorm. With a growing number of European-linked banks repatriating capital to Europe, this could mean tighter trade credits for smaller Asian economies that rely on them. Experts said CFOs in ...

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