Paul Jorion, Ph.D., holder of the “Stewardship of Finance” Chair at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will resume his lecturing on Monday September 29 at 4 p.m.
The course is taking place every Monday afternoon at that time in lecture hall D0.03 of building D (central building) of the university, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels. The course is held in English and it is open to the public.
“What Can We Tell about the Future?” was my final lecture at the Stewardship of Finance chair in the academic year 2012-2013. The lecture was held in English as had been the case with prior ones. Most questions which then came from the room were in French, I answered them in the same tongue.
As a supplement, with yours truly in a somewhat unusual capacity, for the final session taking place on the following day on April 18, students made presentations of their work to Prince Philip and to Princess Mathilda of Belgium.
On the 18th of April will come to an end the first year of my teaching about the “Stewardship of Finance” at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). The videos of my lectures can all be viewed here on this blog and the full set can be accessed here.
I’m currently writing up my lectures under book form in the language they were held in i.e. English. My (excellent) French publishers do not publish in that tongue. Interested English-speaking publishers may get in touch with me here.
Twelfth lecture of the « Stewardship of Finance » chair. It is the notion of risk and the different forms of risk sharing which allow the building of a reasoned catalogue of all types of financial instruments and analysing them in an ethical perspective.
Is it admissible that taxpayers were required not only to pay for all the losses due to defaulting borrowers but also for all the bets between financiers which turned sour (a larger amount by a factor of ten)?
The eleventh lecture of the « Stewardship of Finance » Chair, devoted entirely to the tragic story of the Texan corporation called Enron which was the topic of my book Investing in a Post-Enron World (2003).
On March 7th, my lecture will be devoted to the Enron corporation and its downfall as a counter-example of stewardship of finance.
On March 13, Jacques Attali will be our guest. He is head of Pla-Net Finance and of the study group on a positive economy (of which I have the privilege of being a member). He will answer the question “Peut-on théoriser l’avenir ?”
On the following day, on March 14th, I will be discussing “Financial instruments in an ethical perspective”, with an extensive review of those which are at the centre of the current crisis: Credit-Default Swaps, Asset-Backed Securities, Collateralised Debt Obligations and synthetic CDOs.
On the 20th and the 21st of March will be held a three-part, two-day, event dedicated to answer “Is there an ethical manner to ensure the redistribution of newly created wealth?”
It will be initiated by European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht on March 20th. On the following day I will deliver my lecture on the same subject, which will be followed by a Panel discussion with distinguished guests: Bruno Colmant (Roland Berger), Hilde Vernaillen (P&V Group), Benoît Verwilghen (CFO and vice-CEO of Ethias) and Benoît Lallemand (Finance Watch), moderated by Steven Rombaut (VRT journalist).
My lecture on March 28th will be devoted to “Speculation. Its causes, consequences, and history”.
On April 17th, I will be talking about “Our species and the planet which hosts it”. Finally on April 18th there will be a private event for our students writing a Master dissertation within the Chair’s framework (on the occasion of which I will deliver the introductory speech).
My ninth lecture: labour and capital, talking about the distribution of newly created wealth, the way to conceptualise this, the political stances deriving from this and the light these shed on ethical perspectives about economic and financial issues.