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Cash is pretty convenient. Dilok Klaisataporn/EyeEm via Getty Images

Why does money exist?

Paying for the stuff you want with currency is way easier than relying on chairs you made or chickens you raised.
According to the authors, investment banking is a sector particularly prone to unethical behaviour. Timothy A.Clary/AFP

Could better regulation reconcile trading and ethics?

The regulatory apparatus designed to oversee investment banking is structurally flawed. To spawn ethical behaviour within traders will require nothing less than a sector-wide cultural change.
Gordon Gekko of ‘Wall Street’ may be the fictional face of insider trading. Ilona Gaynor/flickr

What’s insider trading and why it’s a big problem

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers is pushing for a ban on active trading by members of Congress following accusations that some of their colleagues may have engaged in insider trading.
Rock paintings from the main gallery at Djulirri in Namunidjbuk clan estate, showing traditional Aboriginal motifs as well as European boats, airplanes, and more. Photo by Sally K May.

Threat or trading partner? Sailing vessels in northwestern Arnhem Land rock art reveal different attitudes to visitors

Pictures of boats and ships in rock art at the northwestern tip of Australia show the European incursions from the 1800s — but also the much earlier and lesser known sea trade with southeast Asia.
GameStop shares soared after some retail investors teamed up to jack up the price. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Why GameStop shares stopped trading: 5 questions answered

The easy answer as to why trading was halted relates to the stock’s ‘volatility’ after its dramatic climb in recent weeks. But it could also mean something fishy is going on.
Taking a whiff of the marijuana flower. AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Should investors buy marijuana stocks?

A business ethicist explores whether cannabis stocks fit in with a socially responsible approach to investing.
Female traders are better at buying cheap and selling high. U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr

Why women make the best stock traders

New research reveals not only why female traders buy and sell less than men, but that they may be better at it.
Trading floors like this one – at the old American Stock Exchange in the 1980s – are at the heart of capitalism and financial speculation. David Foster/Flickr via CC BY-ND

Financial speculation: the good, the bad and the parasitic

The word “speculation” carries a connotation of negativity. And it’s probably fair to say that pretty much every financial crisis since the tulip mania of the 1630s can be attributed to some sort of mass…

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