International Investment Management


International Investment Management

Seven Pillars Institute is pleased to announce the publication of International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics and Practice, the newly released book from Routledge authored by Dr. Kara Tan Bhala (President of Seven Pillars Institute), Warren Yeh and Raj Bhala. 

A quick take on the book:

International Investment Management synthesizes investment principles, Asian financial practice, and ethics reflecting the realities of modern international finance. These topics are studied within the Asian context, first through the


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Mitigating TBTF: The Australian Four Pillars Policy

Four Pillars Policy

By: Jeff Guadalquiver

The so-called Four Pillars Policy is the mainstay of the Australian government’s intervention within the domestic Australian financial industry. The policy prevents mergers between the four largest Australian banks known collectively as the ‘Big Four’ banks. ‘Big Four’ banks and the rest of the Australian financial markets however, argue the policy is actually counterproductive and detrimental to the financial system as a whole. This research


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Ethics of China’s Land Expropriation Rules and Reforms

China's land expropriation

By Nina Yi Zheng 

Under China’s current rural land expropriation process, local governments make arbitrary decisions on expropriation, paying little compensation to peasant owners. The current process is a violation of procedural justice, corrective justice, and distributive justice according to the moral principles of John Rawls. Nor can the process be justified on utilitarian grounds. The marketization reform in Shenzhen, which allows rural land planned for certain purposes to enter the market without the expropriation process,


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Necessity and Minimum Wage



Minimum Wage

By John Atherton

Compare someone’s choice to buy a luxurious decoration with the purchase of a prescription that staves off death. While one of these choices is an aesthetic preference the other is a necessity of survival. The distinction between these choices separates economic ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. A dependence on survival needs forces human behaviour through naturally imposed duress, compromising our freedom of choice. A moral right to freedom or existence argues for the removal of this


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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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