Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped

Diane-Laure Arjalies, Philip Grant, Iain Hardie, Donald MacKenzie, Ekaterina Svetlova

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Abstract / Description of output

Investment is no longer a matter of individual savers directly choosing which shares or bonds to buy. Rather, most of their money flows through a ‘chain’: an often extended sequence of intermediaries. What goes on in that chain is of huge importance: the world’s investment managers, who are now almost as well paid as top bankers, control assets equivalent in value to around a year of total global economic output. In Chains of Finance, five social scientists (four of whom have worked in investment management) discuss the ways in which the intermediaries in the chain influence each other, channel the flows of savers’ money, enhance investment decisions, and form audiences for each other’s performances of financially competent selves. The central argument of the book is that investment management is fashioned profoundly by the opportunities and constraints this chain creates. Whether chains constrain or enable, however, they always entangle, tying intermediaries to each other—silently and profoundly shaping the investment management industry. Chains of Finance is a novel analysis that will make students, social scientists, financial professionals and regulators look at the workings of financial markets in a new light. A must-read for anyone looking for insights into the decision-making processes of investment managers and those influenced by and working for them.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)9780198802945
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • finance
  • investment chain
  • asset management
  • financial intermediaries
  • financial markets


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