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A New Era of Fiduciary Capitalism? Let’s Hope So

Putting Investors First

Five years after the global financial crisis washed over us all, the future of finance is unclear. The debate continues over how to rebuild a financial system that is vibrant and dynamic, that serves society, and that won’t blow up and drag the whole world down every few years. From my perspective, a new era of capitalism is emerging out of the fog. What I define as fiduciary capitalism is gathering strength and needs to become the future of finance. Read more


Book Review: In Bed with Wall Street

In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling Our Global Economy

According to author Larry Doyle, the financial crisis of 2008–2009 was a failure of regulation and oversight, and he contends that the leaders of major institutions escaped retribution for irresponsible practices that helped cause the crisis. He calls for enhanced accountability and effectiveness in the regulatory arena. Read more

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History Shows Ethics, Or Lack of It, Will Shape the Future of Finance

SAC Capital Advisors

It seems that barely a month goes by without another headline about the ethical failure of an investment professional. Most recently, of course, was SAC Capital’s decision to plead guilty to all five counts of insider trading violations and pay a record $1.2 billion penalty, becoming the first large Wall Street firm in a generation to confess to criminal conduct. While these record penalties seem to be broken fairly frequently, one is left wondering: Is there anything new about the nature of the ethical issues involved? Read more


Roundup: India Investment Conference — The Road Ahead for India and Emerging Economies

India Investment Conference 2014

A collection of highlights from Fourth Annual India Investment Conference. Different sessions at the event explored different views on the tapering of quantitative easing in the United States, specified challenges and key factors in sustaining economic growth in India, predicted future trends of the rupee, highlighted how the global energy landscape is affecting local oil prices, and issued a wake-up call for practitioners regarding ethical issues facing finance industry. Read more

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What If Customers Came First?

The Future of Finance Starts with You

Financial firms serve a number of stakeholders. But do they serve them equally? Can they? Should they? Robert Jenkins, adjunct professor of finance at London Business School and a governor of the CFA Institute, explores how boards are ranking various stakeholders in light of the recent financial crisis. Read more

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The Facebook IPO: Ethical Violations or Not?

More than a year has passed since the initial public offering of Facebook. The hype that preceded the US$105 billion IPO was matched only by the media frenzy that followed the stock’s botched trading debut and immediate price decline. Headlines alleged conspiracy, insider trading, and selective disclosure. We’re asking readers to participate in an online survey and tell us whether they think there were ethical violations. Read more

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Supervisory Responsibilities: “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” Won’t Fly

SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to plead guilty to insider trading violations, but owner Steven A. Cohen still faces SEC charges that he failed to “reasonably supervise two of his senior employees who engaged in insider trading under his watch.” These charges should make all investment professionals with supervisory responsibilities stop and think about whether they are “reasonably supervising” their employees. Read more