Usman Hayat writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals," and the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. Previously, he was a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in Development Economics. His personal interests are reading and hiking.
Does the financial services field constitute a profession? Are its practitioners more prone to ethical lapses than those in other sectors? Does it contribute to inequality? In this provocative interview, Cambridge University professor John Hendry, author of Ethics and Finance: An Introduction, offers some startling answers and considers ways to make financial services more ethical.
Usman Hayat, CFA, interviewed Nouriel Roubini last month at the Middle East Investment Conference. Roubini shared his thoughts on why the unconventional monetary policies implemented since the Great Recession have not delivered on the hopes of their proponents or the fears of their detractors.
Since 1975, when the first Islamic commercial bank was established in Dubai, Islamic finance has come a long way. Its global assets are now estimated to be around US $1.5 trillion across the banking sector, capital markets, and takaful, or Islamic insurance. Given the available track record, how do informed observers characterize the development of this most prominent form of faith-based finance?
The documentary film Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a critical evaluation of the policies pursued by the US Federal Reserve over the years. Released in the United States in 2013 and set amid the context of the global financial crisis, it explores what has become a rather familiar paradox: more debt is both the problem and the solution in pursuing economic growth.
When we addressed this question to CFA Institute Financial NewsBrief readers, an overwhelming 84% of 847 respondents voted that it is generally more noise than signal.
Beyond traditional investment analysis and the relatively modern analysis of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues lies social network analysis (SNA), which promises to help inform investment decisions. But what is SNA and how and why can it inform investment decisions in start-ups? To answer these questions CFA Institute interviewed Murat Ünal, DBA.
As the Middle East continues to make headlines because of geopolitical developments, CFA Institute interviewed Sky News Arabia television news presenter Malak Fares, CFA, to get her thoughts on how best to interpret news from the Middle East and the longer term business and finance themes in the region.
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