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.
Despite courts’ waffling on insider trading, the CFA Institute Code and Standards are constant: If you know the information is material and not in the public domain, don’t trade or cause others to trade by disclosing it.
Updated CFA Institute Code of Ethics addresses larger purpose of capital markets and growing concerns about the role and effects of capitalism.
Interactive webinar increases understanding of ethical principles applicable to investment professionals and how to make them a key factor in everyday decision making.
When does strategizing with other investors on your activist plans morph into tipping fellow investors about trading positions that could move stock price once disclosed?
How overconfidence and the lack of an effective compliance program and rigorous risk assessment system can lead investment professionals into dangerous waters.
The SAC Capital Advisors case emphasizes the importance of exercising supervisory responsibility. Supervising others to prevent violations of securities laws, rules, and regulations is also a prominent part of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.
The results of the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer are out and the findings, for the financial services industry at least, are not encouraging.
No one would argue with the premise that trust in those individuals and entities who manage investor assets is a fundamental element in any investor-adviser relationship. But how can investors gauge the integrity of the investment professionals and firms they are considering hiring? Are there objective measures of trust that can assist in determining which advisers are more likely to act ethically in the future?
In an op-ed in the "New York Times," former Goldman exec Greg Smith penned a scathing indictment of what he claimed was an eroding culture of integrity at his old firm. Jon Stokes examines the impact on the investment profession as a whole.
A regulatory compliance program that is not centered on ethics and a strong ethical culture risks not being adequate or effective, according to Carlo V. di Florio, director of the U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE). In a… READ MORE ›
A leading global organization working to promote good corporate governance practices recently recommended that asset holders ask investment firms to comply with requirements of the CFA Institute Asset Manager Code of Professional Conduct. The International Corporate Governance… READ MORE ›
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