Ethical funds

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  • The subject of safeguarding the rights of minority shareholders has not received much attention until now. After experiencing more and more cases of wrongdoing throughout my business career, I have decided to explore thoroughly the subject and devote several years to study the matter in a theoretical and empirical research.

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  • A further reason for the lack of green investments by pension funds is that their asset allocation to private equity and particularly infrastructure related assets in general remains limited.

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  • A recent OECD report on infrastructure (see OECD 2011b) notes that in order to promote infrastructure investment by pension funds, a better alignment of interests between pension funds and the infrastructure industry is required in terms of: fees (which are too high); the structure of funds (which are too concentrated); and the investment horizon (which is too short). Improvements on these fronts would also help improve the deal flow into green projects.

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  • In addition to the risk mitigation efforts discussed above, there is also the need for some sort of „rating agency‟ or standard setter to „approve‟ green projects (such as green bonds or green funds) to ensure that funds are used for green investments (and there is a common definition of „green‟) and that insurance and guarantees can therefore be reliably offered.

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  • Second, explicitly analyzing fees allows us to determine whether investors in SRI funds pay an explicit price for the ethical value of their investments. Our results also shed light on the way in which mutual fund fees are determined, particularly on the question of whether fees simply reflect funds' operating costs or, as argued by Christofersen and Musto (2002) and Gil-Bazo and Ruiz-Verdú (2009), they are set taking into account the performance sensitivity of funds' clienteles.

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  • The quadrant map reveals just how important Capital Access is in affecting the ability of small businesses to compete. The recession hampers small businesses’ ability to secure funding for their short and long term needs, which in turn restrains their ability to grow and compete effectively. The map also reveals that Marketing and Innovation is not just a weak area, but a highly important one. The economy is likely sapping creativity in coming up with new ideas to grow their businesses.

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  • A BOOK interrupts one’s life. For better and worse, this text arises in academic culture. The research began at St. Louis University, where my work was supported by the Mellon Humanities Development Fund. Princeton University supported me with generous leave time as the Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptor. The book has been completed in the context of the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto, where my work has received a warm reception. This book has benefited from all those institutions....

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  • Discussions regarding the generation of abnormal profits through active trading have long held a prominent position in the finance literature. Beginning with Jensen (1968), a large literature has explored the ability of mutual fund managers to systematically picks stocks and time their investments so as to generate abnormal performance and justify the fees and expenses of active money management.

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  • “The central purpose of the University of Virginia is to enrich the mind by stimulating and sustaining a spirit of free inquiry directed to understanding the nature of the universe and the role of mankind in it. Activities designed to quicken, discipline, and enlarge the intellectual and creative capacities, as well as the aesthetic and ethical awareness, of the members of the University and to record, preserve, and disseminate the results of intellectual discovery and creative endeavor serve this purpose.

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  • .The research described in this report was conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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  • Interdisciplinary work is much in demand from policy-makers and research funding bodies alike. Understanding social phenomena is said to require a move by the different sciences beyond their disciplinary silos and some of the most significant breakthroughs in our knowledge and understanding occur at the edges of disciplines. At the same time, individual career incentives usually demand publications in each respective discipline’s ‘top ten’ journals, offering a powerful counterweight to any attempt at working and publishing across disciplines.

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  • The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNICEF, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuber- culosis and Malaria, or the Roll Back Malaria Partnership concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

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  • I have seldom yielded so willingly to a request for my written views as I do in this instance, when my valued friend, the master journalist, Melville E. Stone, has asked me, on behalf of the Book Committee, to write an introduction for "The Defenders of Democracy." Needless to say, I comply all the more readily in view of the fact that the book in which these words will appear is planned by the ladies of the Militia of Mercy as a means of increasing the Fund the Society is raising for the benefit of the families of "their own men" on the battle-line. And what...

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  • Broadly speaking, Islamic modes of finance can be divided into two types: either they provide direct finance as capital funds through partnership (musharakah and mudarabah), or they provide indirect finance through leasing (ijarah) and sale contracts (murabahah, bai ajil, salam, and istisna’a). All modes are based on the principle of riba (interest) prohibition, and all seek to maintain Islamic business ethics (freedom and leniency of transactions, recognition of and regard for private property, and justic.

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  • Whether or not investing in SRI funds carries a price in terms of a reduced financial performance is an essential question for those investors who are concerned about the ethical consequences of their investments and, at the same time, want to obtain an adequate financial return from those investments. Previous research on socially responsible investment (SRI) mutual funds has, thus, focused on comparing the financial performance of SRI and conventional funds. In this paper, we make four main contributions to the debate on the financial performance of SRI funds.

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  • The Investment Company Institute (“ICI”) and ICI Global appreciate the opportunity to comment on the consultative document published by the Financial Stability Board (“FSB”) entitled “Strengthening Oversight and Regulation of Shadow Banking: A Policy Framework for Oversight and Regulation of Shadow Banking Entities.”1 ICI is the national association of U.S.

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  • Similarly, policy documents may set certain limitations on the executive. For example, the board may have a policy regarding finances that states the executive will not un- reasonably risk organizational assets, including property, unnecessary liability, insuf- ficient fund controls, or investing organizational surplus in insecure instruments. Or the board may have a policy limiting the executive from imprudent business practices, such as treating employees unfairly or choosing violating ethical standards relative to the organization’s field of practice.

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  • The Documentary Film Makers Handbook features incisive and helpful interviews with dozens of industry professionals, on subjects as diverse as interview techniques, the NBC News Archive, music rights, setting up your own company, the Film Arts Foundation, pitching your proposal, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Documentary Channel, the British Film Council, camera hire, filmmaking ethics, working with kids, editing your documentary, and DVD distribution.

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  • The United Kingdom Medicines Control Agency subsequently stopped this initiative citing it as unlawful promotion. However Herxheimer (2003) points out that in the absence of adequate independent funding patients organisations and lobbying groups are likely to continue to accept funding from pharmaceutical companies despite the clear ethical issues. He gives as examples the International Alliance of Patient Organisations and the Global Alliance of Mental Health Illness Advocacy which are both highly visible and linked financially to Big Pharma.

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  • An option holder is able to look to the system created by OCC's Rules which includes the brokers and Clearing Members involved in a particular option transaction and to certain funds held by OCC - rather than to any particular option writer for performance. Prior to the existence of option exchanges and OCC, an option holder who wanted to exercise an option depended on the ethical and financial integrity of the writer or his brokerage firm for performance. Furthermore, there was no convenient means of closing out one's position prior to the expiration of the contract.

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