Australia’s international connections cause risk management and regulatory headache

Risk & Return Australia 2011

Keynote speaker at Risk & Return Australia 2011, Mike Ritchie of KPMG

The economic backdrop for Risk & Return Australia 2011, which took place at the Hilton hotel in Sydney on August 9, was dramatic. The event followed immediately after the downgrade of US sovereign debt to AA+ by rating agency Standard & Poor's on August 5 and took place as fears were resurfacing that the eurozone debt crisis might ensnare Europe's larger economies.

These concerns caused severe volatility in Australian equity, foreign exchange and interest rate markets. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell

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