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A recent study found that those who felt financially deprived were more inclined to cheat or act dishonestly.
A recent study found that those who felt financially deprived were more inclined to cheat or act dishonestly.
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Do the right thing? Sorry, I’m broke

When your finances are shaky, you may have to worry about more than your bank account: your morals might also be headed downhill. A new study finds that when people feel financially deprived, they may bend the rules of their moral code.

Main Street and the government are still reeling from Wall Street’s ethical fumbles in the lead-up to the 2008 banking meltdown. All is not forgiven: JPMorgan will be fined $13-billion (U.S.) – the largest settlement ever paid to the federal government – and was required to publicly admit to “wrongdoing.”