Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
“Equity” or “Debt”? Standard-Setters Must Draw a Clear Line

The concepts of “debt” and “equity” are as old as human conversation.

ELTIFs: Fostering Retail Investors’ Access to Alternative Investments and the Need for Increased Transparency and Harmonization across Reporting Standards

European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) are EU Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) managed by alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). ELTIFs complement traditional sources of capital while enabling the financing of the real economy, which, in turn, contribute to the EU’s sustainable and inclusive growth.

Ethics in Practice: Investment Adviser Affiliations. Case and Analysis–Week of 5 August

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

Ethics in Practice: Climate Protests. Case and Analysis–Week of 29 July

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

EMIR: Regulating Systemically Important Central Counterparties

To improve the transparency and stability of the financial system in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, EMIR has imposed three new regulatory requirements.

Ethics in Practice: Municipal Bond Underwriting. Case and Analysis–Week of 22 July

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

Embracing the Inevitable: ESG Disclosures

When it comes to ESG reporting, survey respondents and roundtable participants say that they incorporate governance factors into their investment analysis to a greater extent than they incorporate environmental and social factors.

Ethics in Practice: Custody Expenses. Case and Analysis–Week of 15 July

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

Ethics in Practice: Mutual Fund Trades. Case and Analysis–Week of 8 July

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

Reverse Factoring: Undisclosed Borrowing to Smooth Operating Cashflows Volatility

Creditor factoring generally delays payments to creditors to fund a company’s operations. While such arrangements may help companies in smoothing operating cashflow volatility, often it is used as a last resort to manage liquidity problems. Investors find out about this practice only when “other items” in current liabilities become too big to miss when it may be too late to take action.

Ethics in Practice: Corporate Bond Trading. Case and Analysis–Week of 1 July

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.

ESG Integration in Asia Pacific: Markets, Practices, and Data

CFA Institute and the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) have released the final report (in a series of four) concerning the current state of global ESG integration.

Ethics in Practice: CFA Exam Comments. Case and Analysis–Week of 24 June

Test your knowledge of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and practice your ethical decision making by working through the case below and supporting your answer choice in the conversation. Check back for the analysis posted later in the week.



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