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Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice

ISBN: 978-0-470-49916-0
592 pages
August 2010
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A groundbreaking exploration of the critical ethical issues in financial theory and practice

Compiled by volume editor John Boatright, Finance Ethics consists of contributions from scholars from many different finance disciplines.

It covers key issues in financial markets, financial services, financial management, and finance theory, and includes chapters on market regulation, due diligence, reputational risk, insider trading, derivative contracts, hedge funds, mutual and pension funds, insurance, socially responsible investing, microfinance, earnings management, risk management, bankruptcy, executive compensation, hostile takeovers, and boards of directors.

  • Special attention is given to fairness in markets and the delivery of financial services, and to the duties of fiduciaries and agents
  • Rigorous analysis of the topics covered provides essential information and practical guidance for practitioners in finance as well as for students and academics with an interest in finance ethics

Ethics in Finance skillfully explains the need for ethics in the personal conduct of finance professionals and the operation of financial markets and institutions.

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Part I Overview.

1. Ethics in Finance (John R. Boatright).

Part II Finance Theory.

2. Ethical Implications of Finance (Robert W. Kolb).

3. Behavioral Assumptions of Finance (John Dobson).

4. Efficiency and Rationality (Nien-hê Hsieh).

5. Risk, Return, and Financial Due Diligence (Christopher L. Culp and J. B. Heaton).

6. Reputational Risk (Ingo Walter).

7. Agency Theory (Joseph Heath).

8. Financial Theory of the Firm (Wayne Norman).

Part III Financial Markets.

9. Fairness in Markets (Eugene Heath).

10. Market Regulation (Edward Soule).

11. Insider Trading (Peter-Jan Engelen and Luc Van Liedekerke).

12. Derivative Contracts: Futures, Options, and Swaps (James A. Overdahl).

13. Hedge Funds (Thomas Donaldson).

14. Sovereign Wealth Funds (Colleen Baker).

Part IV Financial Services.

15. Marketing of Financial Services (George G. Brenkert).

16. Financial Codes of Ethics (Julie A. Ragatz and Ronald F. Duska).

17. Banking (Christopher J. Cowton).

18. Mutual Funds (D. Bruce Johnsen).

19. Pension Funds (David Hess).

20. Insurance (Ronald F. Duska and Julie A. Ragatz).

21. Socially Responsible Investing (Céline Louche and Steven Lydenberg).

22. Microfinance (Antonio Argandona).

Part V Financial Management.

23. Shareholder Wealth Maximization (Duane Windsor).

24. Earnings Management (Leonard J. Brooks).

25. Investor Relations (Cynthia Clark Williams and Lori Verstegen Ryan).

26. Risk Management (Peter C. Young).

27. Bankruptcy (Ben S. Branch and Jennifer S. Taub).

28. Acquisitions, Mergers, and Takeovers (Anthony F. Buono and Roy A. Wiggins III).

29. Executive Compensation (John J. McCall).

30. Boards of Directors (Dan R. Dalton and Catherine M. Dalton).

Index.

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JOHN R. BOATRIGHT is the Raymond C. Baumhart, S. J. Professor of Business Ethics and Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of the books Ethics and the Conduct of Business and Ethics in Finance. Dr. Boatright is a past-president of the Society for Business Ethics, and he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Business and Society Review. A graduate of the College of Wooster, he received his MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago

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  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the ethical issues in finance.
  • The discussion of ethical issues is framed in terms familiar to people in finance.
  • Focus is on practical issues that confront people in all areas of finance and that arise in the developing government and industry regulation.
  • Among the many sources are court cases, regulatory actions, and industry reports.
  • The book contains an in-depth examination of the firm as a nexus of contracts and shareholder wealth maximization as the objective of the firm.
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