Ethics Analysis: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

By: Michelle Chan

Part 1 in SPI’s Trump Financial Ethics Watch Series

Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

As President Donald Trump has adjusted to his first month in the White House, a host of questions have arisen about the future of his multi-billion dollar empire during his time in the Oval Office. After all, President Trump represents something entirely new in the White House; he will be the first president to be actively involved in over 500 local and global companies (as


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Ethics of US Student Loan Debt


By: Victoria Tse

Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt spread out among 43 million borrowers, putting it only second behind mortgage debt as the highest level of consumer debt. To illustrate the magnitude of the student loan debt crisis, consider the following. The average Class of 2016 graduate owes $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from the previous year. That intimidating figure continues to rise with each graduating class incurring more debt than the preceding class. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one in four student


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Pharmaceutical Industry Ethics

By: Rachel Thomas

Part 2 of the Valeant Pharmaceuticals Series

In a capitalist free market, the goal of business is to sell a product to satisfy demand. The company’s objective is to maximize profit, without breaking the laws of the land. This profit motive is generally accepted as a characteristic of the free market and rarely raises ethical questions. However, there are industries where social good may take precedent over profit. The pharmaceutical industry presents one instance.

The pharmaceutical industry is a unique and significant


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International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics and Practice

International Investment Management book cover imageRead the new and original book lead authored by Seven Pillars Institute’s President, Dr. Kara Tan Bhala. The book uniquely synthesizes three theories of finance and gives a lucid explanation of ethics and its real world application in investment management.

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Moral Cents

Financial EthicsMoral Cents is The Journal of Ethics in Finance, produced on a regular basis by the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics. See the latest issues and read them in full.

Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics (SPI) and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London have a collaborative affiliation in their work on ethics, law, and regulation in finance. The goal of the collaboration is to foster a dialogue on important ethical policy issues affecting the financial services industry.

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Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics and IntegTree LLC have a collaborative affiliation. The two organizations plan to create online training programs in financial ethics and compliance management. The Programs will help financial institutions improve conformity with the law while also fostering ethical awareness.

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