Jon Stokes is the Director of Ethics and Standards Education at CFA Institute. His responsibilities include design and creation of on-line ethics education, development and maintenance of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, and the design and management of the CFA Institute Ethical Decision-Making and Giving Voice to Values education programs. Stokes holds a JD degree.
Time to get your ethical exercise! Read on and let us know what you think of this portfolio manager’s actions.
Clients’ investment policy statements (IPSs) govern how an adviser invests their money. But what should advisers do during volatile markets, especially when also looking out for their personal investments?
Different ways of doing business and paying for it are evolving in all industries, particularly in finance. But are there ethical or professional conduct concerns that need to be considered?
An ethical dilemma can sneak up on you, even when you are diligently taking care of your clients. So, practicing ethical decision making is essential for when those times come along.
Ethical dilemmas can crop up in so many different scenarios, even ones that seem unrelated to our daily professional work. This week’s case explores one such scenario.
Can an honest mistake actually end up being an ethical or professional conduct violation? Read this week’s case and you decide.
Determining whether choices have resulted in misconduct can be challenging, which is why practicing ethical decision making prepares you to make the right choice when faced with a dilemma.
Determining whether misconduct has occurred can be a challenge, especially with limited information. But analyzing the situation with the CFA Institute Ethical Decision-Making Framework can help.
Some advisers are very close to their clients, following all the big events in their lives and keeping their investments updated. If they know them so well, does it matter when paperwork gets updated?
Ethical dilemmas come up in all different types of situations. This week's case looks at the manager-employee relationship and what responsibilities lie with each party, including the company.
An ethical dilemma can come up at any time, but does it really come into play when making moves in personal investment account while also working as an investment adviser?
It seems obvious that investment managers would prefer their firm’s funds over non-proprietary funds, and clients should expect that. But is it that straightforward?
All investment managers want to earn good returns, so why would they not leverage investment information they happen to hear or read about?
In this week’s case, you have to consider whether sharing your investment philosophy in a financial newsletter and encouraging people to follow it, especially if it helps them, is all that bad.
In this week's case, an analyst new to the firm is trying to be efficient and careful. But is it actually crossing ethical lines?
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