CFA Institute Taps Leading Economist John Kay to Lead Future of Finance
Project, Unveils Statement of Investor Rights
Long-term effort aims to shape a more trustworthy financial industry
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - CFA Institute and a team of prominent
financial industry leaders including Advisory Council Chair John Kay have
launched the Future of Finance project, a long-term global effort to shape a
trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society.
The project aims to provide the tools to motivate and empower the world of
finance to commit to fairness, improved understanding, and personal integrity.
Led by Kay, the advisory council is comprised of a diverse group of experts
from finance, education and media. To learn more about the project and find
ways to participate, visit www.cfainstitute.org/FutureFinance.
"The global financial industry can be an extraordinary force for good, but
there is much work to be done to shape the industry for future generations,"
said Kay, chair of the Future of Finance Advisory Council. "This project is
designed to engage professionals and investors in and outside of finance to
help solve problems with the global financial system. We can affect positive
change in finance, but change starts with all of us - industry leaders,
financial professionals, government agencies, financial regulators and the
public. It's an ambitious project that aims not just to gather the best ideas,
but to make them a reality."
Statement of Investor Rights Helps Investors Demand Ethical Behaviour
As a first step, the Future of Finance project has unveiled the Statement of
Investor Rights, a list of principles intended to help buyers of financial
service products demand the conduct they are entitled to expect from financial
service providers. The list applies to financial products and services such as
investment management, research and advice, personal banking, even insurance
and real estate, and is intended to help investors demand that financial
professionals abide by these rights. The document includes rights that
investors are entitled to expect such as objective advice, disclosure of
conflicts of interest, and fair and reasonable fees.
"The Statement of Investor Rights emphasizes the concept that the investor
must always come first, and lays a solid foundation for this project. Our
plans are lofty as we develop events, publications and significant
research-based tools to reinforce the need for ethical conduct and
professional practice to restore trust and confidence in finance," said John
Rogers, CFA, CEO and president of CFA Institute. "The Future of Finance
project is a critical way for us to encourage thought leadership and
engagement, as we seek to shape a more forward-thinking industry. CFA
Institute is in a unique position to lead this effort, promoting the highest
standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate
benefit of society."
Project Tackles Key Issues and Challenges in Finance
The Future of Finance project is focused on six primary topics of interest for
all who rely on finance, including putting investors first; safeguarding the
system; retirement security; financial knowledge; regulation and enforcement;
and transparency and fairness. The project plans rigorous research and
recommendations to address each area, and will produce accessible tools to
encourage broad adoption and widespread change throughout the global financial
system. To read more about these topics and learn how to take action, visit
The advisory council will issue a call to action on May 20 at the CFA
Institute Annual Conference in Singapore, detailing the objectives and future
plans for the Future of Finance project. The call to action will include an
overview of the primary problems with finance, and how the project will tackle
Initial members of the Future of Finance Advisory Council are:
Chair John Kay, Economist and Author
Keith Ambachtsheer, Director, Rotman International Centre for Pension
Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Paul Chow,
Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Elizabeth
Corley, CEO, Allianz Global Investors Tom Keene, CFA, Editor-at-Large,
Ira M. Millstein, Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Saker Nusseibeh, CEO and Head of Investment, Hermes Fund Managers
Robert C. Pozen, Senior lecturer, Harvard Business School and senior fellow,
A complete list of members of the Future of Finance Advisory Council will be
announced in May.
About CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets
the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is
a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source
of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an
environment where investors' interests come first, markets function at their
best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 114,000 members in 137
countries and territories, including 106,756 CFA charterholders, and 138
member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.
J.D. McCartney CFA Institute, New York +1 (212) 418-6889
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SOURCE: CFA Institute
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