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September 21: Chats in the Stacks talk 'Something for Nothing' by Maureen O'Hara

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:44

Something for Nothing: Arbitrage and Ethics on Wall Street
by Maureen O’Hara
Thursday, September 21 at 4:00 pm
Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room 160

In Something for Nothing, economist Maureen O’Hara, explains that one of the key innovations of modern finance is its reliance on arbitrage, the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets to generate profits and remove inefficiencies. When done correctly, arbitrage can create value at little or no cost, but it can also be an exploitative tool.

Join us in Mann Library for an insightful discussion about the still-legal yet highly unethical business practices that can occur in modern finance today. O’Hara will examine key cases, from the Goldman Greek transaction to Lehman Brothers’ attempt to cover up its debt, JPMorgan Chase’s maneuvers in California’s energy markets, Bernie Madoff’s trading strategies in the 1980s, and toxic loans in France. Her new book, published by W. W. Norton and Company, takes a humanistic approach to ethics in the financial industry and is essential reading for people seeking an introduction to finance.

Maureen O’Hara is professor of finance and Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management at the Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Light refreshments served. This event is part of the Cornell University Library Chats in the Stacks series. The book talk series at Mann Library is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund.

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