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Investing is More About Integrity

admin   •   Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

Here is a famous exchange between Samuel Untermyer, Counsel to the US House of Representatives, and the legendary banker J. P. Morgan, during a testimony before the Congress in 1912. Untermyer: Is not commercial credit based primarily upon money or property? Morgan: No, sir. The first thing is character. Untermyer: Before money or property? Morgan: Before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it… a man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom. Link to Article  

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Time For Big Investors To Punish Bad Ethics

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

The biggest, most sophisticated investors certainly put an enormous amount of pressure on hedge funds. But almost none of it is about ethics and clean culture. It’s about performance. A fund that runs a few ticks lower than its peers for several months running can get put out of business. Link to Article

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Financial Analysts Acknowledge Ethics Issues Lead to Mistrust of Industry

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

An overwhelming 98% of respondents acknowledged a current lack of trust in the finance industry. While it is encouraging that these professionals realize that change needs to be made, what is less encouraging is that 67% believed the level of integrity would remain the same next year. Link to Article

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Challenges to Ethical Leadership in 2013

admin   •   Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

1. The lack of transparency. 2. The lack of trust. 3. The lack of accountability 4. The lack of stewardship Link to Article  

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HSBC could learn leadership from nurse’s death

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

The difference in ethical standards could hardly be more-stark. One lone nurse feels a crushing responsibility for a minor infraction. One chief executive allows others — the company, employees, shareholders — to suffer the consequences of his irresponsibility. Link to Article  

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Ethicists Have No Ethics

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   December 27, 2012

As reported by Jonathan Haidt, Schwitzgebel measured “how often moral philosophers give to charity, vote, call their mothers, donate blood, donate organs, clean up after themselves at philosophy conferences, and respond to emails purportedly from students. And in none of these ways are moral philosophers better than other philosophers or professors in other fields.” Link to Article    

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Brand Integrity is Forever

admin   •   Featured, Leadership   •   January 18, 2013

Avoid those who are not trustworthy. Do not do business with them. Do not associate with them. Do not make excuses for them.   Do not allow yourself to get enticed into believing that “while they may be dishonest with others, they would never be dishonest with me.” Link to article

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