I work for Company A and hold shares in Companies B and C who are competitors of A, or work in the same industry "niche" (e.g. A, B and C are all banks and I work in credit card processing for A).
Is that a potentially unethical action or a conflict of interest (assuming I just invest in the shares because I think B and C will give a good return to shareholders, and I won't directly take any action at A that would impact B or C other than carrying out my normal duties in the interests of A).
If I already owned stock in B or C before starting work at A, could I be asked to "exit" that position in the stock market?
There is no specific company policy about this; I'm asking about a more generic "Company A". Edited to add: I'm a standard low level employee, not in any kind of privileged position.