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This session will examine several real life ethical dilemmas which finance professionals may face in the course of their careers.


Can ethics be dangerous to your career?
What should you do if you are asked to do something that you believe is illegal or unethical?

Although ethical dilemmas are a normal and predictable part of most jobs, they can be dangerous to your career if you are not prepared for the organisational challenges. It may test your personal values, moral beliefs, and commitment to doing the right thing.

This interactive presentation, by Dr Michael G McMillan, CFA, director of ethics education at CFA Institute, examines several real life ethical dilemmas that professionals in the financial services industry may face in the course of their careers. These cases challenge participants to consider the various courses of action to address the issues involved. Electronic ‘response software’ will give participants the opportunity to vote (using cell phones, tables, or laptops) on the best course of action and to stimulate discussion.


Michael G McMillan, PhD, CPA, CFA
Director, ethics education

Dr McMillan is the director of ethics education and is responsible for creating and developing educational content for CFA Institute members and investment professionals in the area of ethics and professional standards.

Prior to CFA Institute, he was the professor of accounting and finance at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and George Washington University’s School of Business for more than a decade.

Dr McMillan has a PhD in accounting and finance from George Washington University, an MBA from Stanford University, and BA from the University Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), a Chartered Investment Counselor, and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


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