Ethics of Socially Responsible Funds

August 23rd, 2016 by Kara in Case Studies

By: Seamus Vaughan Lucey Certain mutual funds attempt to be both ethical and profitable. Early attempts at reconciling the two goals were limited. However, the market for mutual funds now includes a rising number of socially responsible funds for investors who wish to profit without causing harm. Since beginning in its current form in the early 1980’s, socially responsible investment (SRI) has grown rapidly from a small group of niche funds to representing a significant proportion of all investments made. The United States Social Investment Forum (US SIF) 2014 Trends Report states that ...

Review: The Big Short

August 9th, 2016 by Kara in Case Studies

By Kolbe Murray The Big Short (2015) is an ambitious attempt to capture the story of key players in the 2008 Great Financial Crisis (GFC). Unethical behavior exacerbated the problems and compounded the disastrous consequences. An analysis of two acts spotlighted in The Big Short indicates one (shorting) is not wrong per se and another (ratings by S&P) as unethical. The Ethics of Short Selling Historically, short selling or shorting is viewed negatively and some call it as “betting against the home team.” In The Big Short Ben Rickett (Brad Pitt) reprimands his two business ...