The Ethics of Financial Speculation in Futures Markets
35 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 4, 2013
This article sketches an ethics of (financial) speculation in futures markets. (1) It identifies an intentionalistic fallacy prevalent in moral criticisms of speculation in general and of financial speculation in particular. (2) It scrutinizes the degree to which the recent debate on financial speculation with agricultural commodities follows the general pat-tern of moral criticism and its intentionalistic fallacy. (3) It then provides a theoretical and empirical in-depth analysis of long-only index funds engagement in futures markets and concludes that moral criticisms which put them in the pillory as "hungermakers" are unjust(ified). This proves that ethics, understood as a theory of morality, can criticize moral criticisms of financial speculation on moral grounds. (4) Finally, this article discusses the option of interdisciplinary cooperation between ethics and economics.
Keywords: ethics, speculation, financial speculation, futures market, agricultural commodities, index funds, moral criticism
JEL Classification: A12, D84, G23, P34, Q14, Q18
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