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OLLOWING a number of tumultuous years in financial services and the global economy’s struggle to emerge strongly from recession, 2011 was meant to be the year when everything returned to normal, or as near to normal as it possibly could. Sadly, in the first three months of this year, we witnessed civil unrest and natural disasters that have shocked and saddened the world. It seems odd to draw a parallel between the financial crisis and uprisings in Egypt and Libya, for instance, but both were, to an extent, driven by power and greed. In the former, investors, homeowners and employees were the ones who suffered because of the actions, primarily, of banks and financial institutions. In the latter, the public decided enough was enough and took a stand against the powers-that-be. Sadly, the tragic earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan were far more unexpected, and as pictures were broadcast on rolling news reports, we could only watch and hope that lives could be saved and that





events would not get any worse than they already were.


In the cold light of day, it is perhaps all too easy to see these events have commonalities and consequences that chime as profoundly ‘human’. The financial crisis led to a loss of jobs, pensions and savings for millions; a contributing factor to the civil unrest was the increasing cost of living driven by commodity prices; and natural disasters demonstrated once again how global events can have an immediate effect on markets, while the long-term effects on the Japanese people – and economy – are yet to be seen. In the West, we may feel safely removed from such problems, and yes, we must go about our daily lives, taking opportunities for personal and professional growth. But in times like these, when our lives are put into very sharp perspective, it is our responsibility to take stock, and be sure we learn any lessons that are asking to be learned. ■


Kirsten Higgins, Publisher Nick Kirby, Editor-in-Chief


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