Standards, Ethics & Regulations (SER)

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Book Review: Phishing for Phools

Book Review: Phishing for Phools

The “invisible hand” of the free market can hurt as well as help participants. The authors, who are Nobel Prize–winning economists, argue that as long as there is profit to be made, sellers will exploit our psychological and behavioral weaknesses through manipulation and deception. Read more

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The Cost of Cheap: Slavery in the Supply Chain

It’s conceivable slavery made it into your clothing or perhaps even the circuits that you are using to read this. It shouldn’t be that way. The case against slavery is about more than just morality. It’s about money and a material risk to a broad cross section of widely owned businesses that is underappreciated, potentially disastrous, and (in time) easily mitigated. Read more

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Book Review: Better Bankers, Better Banks

Book Review: Better Bankers, Better Banks

Because they do not regard ethical failings in the financial industry as the actions of a few bad apples but, rather, as inevitable consequences of an unhealthy culture, the authors seek to restore the environment that existed before the major investment banks transformed themselves from partnerships into publicly traded corporations. The problems addressed in this book affect every participant in the financial system. Read more

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Three Ways to Identify Governance Risk

“Responsible investment” has nothing to do with nebulous moral considerations — it’s all about generating sustainable financial returns, says Sandra Carlisle of Newton Investment Management. Understanding three different levels of a company’s profile can help to identify and avoid bad actors, bridging the gap between values-based investing and prudent fiduciary duty. Read more

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Responsible Investing Is Coming of Age

With social responsibility now firmly established across the financial services spectrum, Steve Lydenberg, CFA, sees the potential for responsible investing to go beyond mere product innovation and deliver fundamental changes to the operating norms of the global financial system. Read more

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