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QFINANCE viewpoints provide you with the distilled thoughts of finance leaders and experts, outlining their current thinking on the crucial issues and challenges facing finance managers, entrepreneurs and business executives. The contributions are drawn from an array of practitioners and thinkers from the world of finance and business.

  • Ban Share Options and Stop Subsidizing Banks Before Recovery
    by Andrew Smithers
    Andrew Smithers is a leading expert in financial economics and global asset allocation. His 45 years’ experience in investment includes 25 years at S. G. Warburg & Co., where, among other roles, he ran the investment management division, and 20 years as head of his own investment consultancy, Smithers & Co., based in London. He is the coauthor of three books on international finance. His latest, Wall Street Revalued: Imperfect Markets and Inept...
  • Ethics and Finance
    by Sir John Stuttard
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.In his recent informative play The Power of Yes, the British playwright David Hare is broadly correct when he says that politicians, regulators, economists, and commentators, as well as individual borrowers and bankers, are all to blame for the current financial crisis.His is one of the few voices of common sense and clarity in this debate. Some say that bribery and corruption, money...
  • Ladies in Waiting
    by Tim Hindle
    Tim Hindle is a freelance writer and editor. Educated at Worcester College, Oxford, and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, he was a research analyst in the City of London before joining The Banker magazine as deputy editor. He subsequently wrote for The Economist for many years, acting as finance editor in the 1980s before taking on the new role of management editor.He launched EuroBusiness magazine in the early 1990s, and then re-launched the...
  • The Challenge of Bringing Realism to the Global Warming Debate
    by Bjørn Lomborg
    Your stance toward what you see as some of the excesses of the global warming debate, and toward some of the initiatives and actions taken, was summed up in your first book, The Sceptical Environmentalist. Most recently, you objected to some of the language used by world figures at the annual World Economic Forum meeting at Davos in January 2014. Could you take us through some of those objections?Certainly. What I am concerned to show is that...
  • The Companies Bill, 2012, and its Impact on the Future of Corporate Social Responsibility in India
    by Sudhir Singh Dungarpur
    The peril of socio-economic inequality has become an urgent priority in India, especially over the last decade. Inequalities vary from region to region, between rural and urban populations, between social and ethnic groups, and most obviously between the rich and the poor. It is in recognition of these challenges that the Indian government has repeatedly articulated its commitment towards “inclusive growth.” There has also been a widespread...
  • The EU’s Clean Sky Program: Funding and Promoting Innovation in the European Aviation Industry
    by Giuseppe Pagnano
    Giuseppe Pagnano graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1977 with honors in aeronautical engineering. After three years working in R&D on energy powerplant design, he joined Agusta (now AgustaWestland) helicopters as chief aerodynamicist. He was involved as a coordinator of collaborative projects at Agusta and as a national expert for rotorcraft in several work programs. He then worked for eight years as chief project engineer for License...
  • The Growth of Sustainability Reporting
    by Wim Bartels
    Wim Bartels has been global head of KPMG’s Sustainability Services Network since October 2007. He studied business economics and accountancy at Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit before qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1993. He has worked as an auditor and forensic accountant. In 2001 he became a KPMG partner, taking overall responsibility for the group’s sustainability services, including the provision of sustainability assurance services to...
  • The Morals of Money—How to Build a Sustainable Economy and Financial Sector
    by Roger Steare
    Roger Steare is a corporate philosopher and visiting professor of organizational ethics at Cass Business School, City University, London. Roger studied philosophy at Royal Holloway College, London University, where he was tutored by Lord Conrad Russell, son of philosopher Bertrand Russell. He worked for Midland Bank (now HSBC) in the City between 1979 and 1981, and then had stints as a social worker and executive coach before becoming chief...
  • The Paradox Of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Sincerity Nexus
    by Timothy Fort
    Companies today spend significant money and effort on corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. Although these efforts—including philanthropic activities—have value, they are difficult to assess in terms of impact and the company’s level of commitment given the enormous budgets possessed by major companies.Mainstream economics analysis from the perspectives of concrete business practice and academic ethics scholarship demonstrates that...
  • Why Transparency Matters and the EITI Route to Achieving It
    by Jonas Moberg
    The origins and the history of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) date back to the growing sense among some leading economists, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, that a number of developing countries that were rich in minerals and/or oil and gas were not moving forward with anything like the speed that their mineral or oil wealth should have made possible. Studies began to appear detailing how the huge potential benefits...

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