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Finance and the Good Society by Robert J. Shiller

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Chapter 2

Investment Managers

Investment managers—those who manage portfolios of shares in companies, bonds, and other investments—are among the most important stewards of our wealth and thus vitally important players in the service of healthy and prosperous market democracies—in the service of the good society. They are employed by all kinds of organizations, from multinational corporations and union pension funds through city governments, universities, libraries, and churches. The funds they manage are of many different types and legal forms, with names like “mutual funds,” “unit investment trusts,” “exchange-traded funds,” “hedge funds,” or “private equity funds.” In this chapter we lump the managers of all these different kinds of funds together ...

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