Financial Wagers, Hyper-Speculation and Shareholder Primacy

  • Peter KoslowskiEmail author
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 30)


During the period that culminated in the financial crisis, the financial wager had risen to a previously unknown prevalence. The wager’s rise to dominance was evident in all financial markets. It was evident in the capital market, in which speculation on the capital gains of shares had risen dramatically. It was equally evident in the credit market, in which the policy of easy money had driven lending volumes to staggering heights, while the relaxation of requirements for loan collaterals had led to a higher tolerance of speculative uncertainty about debtors, and bad credit collaterals were purchased from the banks by speculative investors in the form of structured products. Finally, it was evident in the market for derivatives, in which something like an explosion of wagers on futures and options had taken place.


Corporate Governance Capital Market Stock Exchange Hedge Fund Private Equity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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