Market Risk Supplants Cyber Risk as Top Concern: Survey
Posted by Colin Lambert. Last updated: September 29, 2022
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the return of volatility to global markets, senior executives have cited market risk as their top concern, surpassing cyber risk for the first time, according to the KRM22 Capital Markets Risk Sentiment Index (CMRSI).
The index, compiled by management intelligence provider Acuiti, is a measure of how senior executives perceive a variety of risks facing their business, how prepared they are to deal with them and where firms are investing in risk management.
The H2 2022 survey, coming in the wake of a period of what the firm says has been “intense volatility: across global markets, found that market risk has become the primary concern for senior market practitioners. “Ongoing volatility across capital markets has resulted in a major increase in the risk of serious market dislocation,” says Will Mitting, founder and managing director of Acuiti. “Significantly the H2 2022 Capital Markets Risk Sentiment Index also finds that senior executives feel less able to mitigate the threat of market risk as concerns about this factor grow.”
The survey also found, again unsurprisingly, that concerns over counterparty risk had increased – rising to third in the index – as margin calls and sharp market moves in the wake of war in Ukraine and rising inflation increased pressure on companies’ ability to navigate markets. This time last year, counterparty risk was the sixth biggest concern.
The risk of fallout from Brexit has also risen up the index to ninth from 16th this time last year and 13th in H1 2022 as the process to select a new lead of the Conservative Party in the UK raised renewed threats to diverge from Mifid II and other EU rules.
The overall levels of risk reported by firms has continued to increase over the past six months with 65% of respondents reporting an increase in overall risk levels and 14% reporting a significant increase. This compares with just 31% reporting increases in risk this time last year but follows a similarly sharp increase in risk levels reported in the H1 2022 survey, which coincided with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.