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Ethics and Finance Town Hall: We Got What We Deserved

View the current financial crisis through the prism of ethics with three elite former financial executives and Baruch College alumni! Edward Zinbarg ('54), an author, religion scholar, and former Executive Vice-President of Prudential Insurance Company, will begin by illustrating the vision of an ethical marketplace as seen by the world’s great religions. Sharing from personal experience, Arthur Zeikel ('54), former Chairman, President, and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Asset Management, will then discuss how one can attempt to install an ethical culture within an organization. Larry Zicklin ('57), former Managing Partner and later Chairman of the Board of Neuberger Berman, will follow by detailing how we all got what we deserved by not ensuring our financial institutions were instilled with the proper ethos. The panel will be open to questions from the audience. Funding for this program is graciously provided by the David Berg Foundation.
When  May 07, 2009
from 12:45 PM to 02:30 PM
Where  Newman Library Building, Room 750
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Contact Phone  646-312-3231
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Lunch will be served from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

The panel will run from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m


ROBERT A. SCHWARTZ is Marvin M. Speiser Professor of Finance and University Distinguished Professor in the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY. Before joining the Baruch faculty in 1997, he was Professor of Finance and Economics and Yamaichi Faculty Fellow at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1965. Professor Schwartz received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. His research is in the area of financial economics, with a primary focus on the structure of securities markets.

He has published 60 refereed journal articles, five authored books, and twelve edited books, including The Equity Trader Course (co-authored with Reto Francioni and Bruce Weber) Wiley & Sons, 2006, Equity Markets in Action: The Fundamentals of Liquidity, Market Structure and Trading (co-authored with Reto Francioni) Wiley & Sons, 2004, and Reshaping the Equity Markets: A Guide for the 1990s, Harper Business, 1991 (reissued by Business One Irwin, 1993). He has served as a consultant to various market centers including the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, the London Stock Exchange, Instinet, the Arizona Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse, and the Bolsa Mexicana. From April 1983 to April 1988, he was an associate editor of The Journal of Finance, and he is currently an associate editor of the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, the Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and The Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance & Business Ventures, and is a member of the advisory boards of International Finance and The Journal of Trading. In December 1995, Professor Schwartz was named the first chairman of Nasdaq's Economic Advisory Board, and he served on the EAB until Spring 1999. He is developer, with Bruce Weber, of the trading and market structure simulation, TraderEx (


ARTHUR ZEIKEL ('54) is Adjunct Professor of Finance, Stern School, New York University. Prior to his teaching role, Mr. Zeikel was Chairman, President, and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Asset Management (1976–1999). At Merrill Lynch, Mr. Zeikel was responsible for general business activity, strategic planning, and supervision of investment decision-making procedures. He also served as Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co., and was a member of Merrill’s Executive Management Committee. Mr. Zeikel is the co-author of a leading investment text, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, which has been used in over 300 colleges and universities worldwide.

LARRY ZICKLIN ('57) is a former Chairman of the Board of investment management firm, Neuberger Berman. He is currently a Clinical Professor at Stern School of Business at New York University and teaches courses in Corporate Governance and the Management of a Financial Business at Stern. He teaches for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, an alliance of NYU Stern, the London School of Economics and HEC School of Management. Zicklin is also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At NYU and Penn he teaches a combination of Business Ethics and Professional Responsibility.


After almost 10 years at Merrill Lynch, Zicklin joined Neuberger Berman as a partner in 1969. He became Managing Partner and Chairman of its executive committee in 1974. After the firm's 1999 initial public offering, Zicklin retired from active management and became the firm's chairman. He served in that capacity until Neuberger's 2003 acquisition by Lehman Brothers. He also serves as a director of two privately held companies.


EDWARD ZINBARG ('54) is an author, religion scholar, and former executive vice-president of Prudential Insurance Company. His work examines tenets from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and a number of other religions practiced around the world as they pertain to both world economic issues and day-to-day business practices. Mr. Zinbarg has an MBA from the Wharton School, a Ph.D. (economics) from New York University, and a D. Litt. (theology and religion) from Drew University. He was the coauthor of Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, which went through five editions in 25 years.

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Thank you to the David Berg Foundation for making this program possible.

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