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conflicts of interests

The Unspoken Conflict of Interest at the Heart of Investment Consulting

While investment consultants may claim their advice is conflict-free — and their clients may believe them — it is often heavily biased by the investment consultants' own self-interest.

Transparency: Do We Protest It Too Much?

A lot of contentious debate about fiduciary rules and regulations continues. What's it all really about? Preston McSwain suggests one word: transparency.

Do Investors Recognise the Conflicts and Incentives in IPOs?

The process for initial public offerings (IPOs) is one of the most opaque areas of the market and is ripe for reform.

How the Financial Industry Can Cure Its Willful Blindness

Willful blindness on the part of investment professionals, financial institutions, and investors was a contributing factor to the 2008 crisis. What can be done to prevent it from happening again?

Ethics in Investment Management: How to Get It Right

Is investment management a business or a profession? How do you build an ethical culture? And how do you deal with stewardship of client assets, the management and disclosure of conflicts of interest and structuring and reporting fees and compensation? These were some of the difficult questions that experienced investment professionals debated at the inaugural Professionalism Conference organized by CFA Society of the UK. Here are the highlights.

Conflicts of Interest: What You Need to Know

Conflicts of interest are now getting more attention from clients and regulators. Ethical standards are being raised, and regulators are taking a harder line. Some practices need to change.

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