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Can Fiduciary Values Lead Mainstream Finance Back to Responsible Behavior?

by Jay Youngdahl

John D. Rogers, the former head of the CFA Institute believes so. And he has a plan.

The financial community today is properly reviled by many. The financialization of the economy, with its “too big to fail” banks and investments undecipherable even by those who traded them, brought the world to its knees in the 2008 financial crash. Researchers at the Federal Reserve have estimated that this catastrophic event cost the world between $50 trillion and $90 trillion.

Snowden, Institutional Corruption & the “Vilified Whistleblower”

by Dana Gold

On Monday, October 20, 2014, Professor Larry Lessig, Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, will interview Edward Snowden, one of the most famous whistleblowers in recent history, about institutional corruption and the National Security Agency (NSA). Watch Lessig's interview with Snowden live here at noon on Monday, October 20.

Snowden’s story is graphic in almost all respects, and his name is now synonymous with “whistleblower,” a term that, while arguably less pejorative than in the past, still suggests “tattletale,” “narcissist” and “traitor” as much as it does “courageous employee” and “ethical integrity.”

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Labcast 14 - 10/16/2014 - Reforming Financial Regulation: Gregg Fields & Kim Pernell-Gallagher

After an introduction by Visiting Fellow Justin O’Brien on the limitations of current financial regulations both globally and domestically, journalist Gregg Fields interviews former Lab Fellow Kim Pernell-Gallagher on how divergent banking regulations in the years leading up to the recent financial crisis led to different economic outcomes in the US, Spain, and Canada. Gallagher poses this thought-provoking question: “Problems in the shadow banking industry can carry over into the real economy just the way that problems in the regulated banking industry can, which makes us think: is transferring risk to unregulated entities really the smartest call?"

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