The discussion paper must be at least two pages in length (double-spaced, 12-inch Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins). I do expect your paper to be at least this length. Do not write less than this amount or use bigger margins or fonts. There is no need for a header. Your name is the only thing that should be at the top of your paper. You are certainly welcome to write more than two pages. No late assignments are accepted, and your paper must be submitted on Canvas prior to the due date.
I also want to emphasize that this is NOT a research paper. You should not use outside resources or attempt to do research to write this paper. Simply read the assigned readings, reflect on the questions below, and write a paper that responds to those questions.
Please read Boatrightâ€™s article â€œConflict of Interestâ€ (p. 255-258 in the textbook) and the case study â€œTiming Mutual Fundsâ€ (p. 271-272 in the textbook). Your discussion paper should address the following questions (in the order given):
1) What is a conflict of interest?
2) Who are â€œmarket timersâ€ or â€œlate tradersâ€?
3) Do these participants create an actual or potential conflict of interest for mutual fund companies? Why or why not?
3) If a conflict of interest (actual or potential) is created, who is harmed by it and how is that party harmed?
4) Does this conflict of interest rise to the level of being morally wrong, or is the practice of allowing â€œmarket timersâ€ or â€œlate tradersâ€ permissible? Why is this wrong, or why is it permissible?
5) Which moral theory, Utilitarianism or Deontology (or both), justifies your judgment about what is morally wrong or permissible in this case? How does it (or do they) justify your judgment?