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July 10, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Empty Chair

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

There’s the old joke about camels. They’re horses designed by a committee. Speaking of committees, for the second time in a month, that august federal legislative chamber the US Senate yesterday convened a hearing on markets....[more]

July 9, 2014 International report charts path to deep carbon cuts

Source: Eco-Business

Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon close. “The...

July 8, 2014 Fighting Back: Getting Tough with Shareholder Activists Through Investment Branding

Source: Q4

For centuries, strategists and philosophers have espoused that “the best defense is a good offense” for the simple reason that “when you are constantly in a defensive posture, you can seldom win.”[1] While this philosophy has...

July 7, 2014 The Health Care Waiting Game

Source: NY Times

ONE small consolation of our high-priced health care system — our $2.7 trillion collective medical bill — has been the notion that at least we get medical attention quickly. Americans look down on national health systems like...

July 7, 2014 When are conservationists and asset managers ever on the same side? A) More often than you’d think.

Source: EIRIS Blog

For some, the announcement on 11 June 2014 that SOCO International, a UK-listed oil and gas company, would not drill in the Virunga National Park – a designated world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – and...

July 7, 2014 UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says

Source: The Guardian

A new report by Samuela Bassi and Dimitri Zenghelis of the Grantham Research Institute will argue that climate change policies have not hampered the performance of the UK's economy, and that these same policies can increase the...

July 3, 2014 How fracking foes are killing N.Y. jobs

Source: Daily News

My hardworking, fair-minded liberal parents raised my sisters and me with a healthy sense of sympathy for the poor and the voiceless. So I can’t help but feel for the denizens of upstate New York, where a long-faltering economy...

July 3, 2014 Market Structure Map - Setting Prices

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Do you remember that movie, The Island? The people who every day hope they’re selected to go to a tropical paradise are unwitting machinery for others. ....Things are not what they at first seem. That’s the point. [more]

July 2, 2014 Are EPA's Carbon Rules Really About Nuclear?

Source: Forbes

Yes. The Obama Administration actually wants nuclear power. It even looks like the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rules were written in order to ensure the future of nuclear power.

July 2, 2014 Executive pay rule changes likely in '14

Source: Hartford Business

I think the SEC is looking to get another way to compare executive pay across firms. The summary compensation table that lists executive pay, bonuses, and stock awards was previously designed as one way to get comparison, as well...

July 2, 2014 How to win funding from impact investors

Source: Devex Impact

Battered by the global financial crisis, global investment firms across the board have come to the realization that they need to reinvent themselves and re-evaluate their corporate values in order to survive over the next decade....

July 1, 2014 Does Sustainability Mean Anything Anymore? Lessons From Pfizer, Alcoa and Alcatel-Lucent

Source: Forbes

Does anyone remember the sustainability timebomb? Cast your mind back to a world before 2008 when, we were told, the way that modern capitalism had functioned in its 200-odd years since industrialisation just wasn’t going to be...

June 30, 2014 The Water Crisis in the West

Source: NY Times

With water increasingly scarce in the drought-ravaged American West, many states could face drastic rationing without rain. Even with more sustainable practices, the future of water in the West is not secure. Population growth,...

June 27, 2014 What You Missed While You Were Watching the U.S. vs. Germany

Source: Bloomberg

Have you ever moderated a panel on the implementation of financial market reform in a hall streaming a blockbuster World Cup game? I have. Shortly before noon today I took the dais here at Bloomberg HQ in Manhattan with two...

June 27, 2014 Biofuels: can they be sustainable?

Source: Eiris Blog

Sustainability issues are often not clear cut and simple. Research expertise on an ESG issue, its changing context or regional variations can often help investors to develop an investment approach or inform an investment strategy...

June 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Risk

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

On a hot Sunday 138 years ago today, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley Native Americans called the Greasy Grass. The rest is history. Speaking of unexpected defeat, wonder what ambush caused...[more]

June 26, 2014 We’re in a recovery, so why is the economy shrinking?

Source: Boston Globe

To really count as “recovering,” our economy needs to be growing. But just this morning, we learned that the US economy actually shrank 2.9 percent in the beginning of 2014, which is quite a lot. Does that mean we’re headed for...

June 25, 2014 Food energy and water: the politics of the nexus

theguardian.com - It is hard to disagree when the international business community, through the îWorld Economic Forumî, argues that there are important linkages between water, food, energy and climate change. Or when...

June 25, 2014 Oracle can buy anything except a vision

Source: NASDAQ

On Monday, Oracle (orcl) announced that it would acquire MICROS Systems for $4.6 billion, giving the enterprise software giant entre into the highly lucrative restaurant and hospitality industries, The buy also served to reverse...

June 25, 2014 Terence Corcoran: The cost of climate change alarmism

Source: Financial Post

In a report titled Time for Change? Climate Science Reconsidered group of eminent British academics from various disciplines and associated with University College London (UCL) warns that “fear appeals” may be turning the public...

June 23, 2014 The Big Green Test

Source: NY Times

On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times. In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our...

June 23, 2014 The Coming Climate Crash (oped)

Source: NY Times

THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many...

June 20, 2014 Market Structure Map - First Things First

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

If you’re in a tree sawing off a branch, note which side of it you’re standing on. The guy studying the branch was Brad Katsuyama, CEO at dark pool IEX, which has designs on exchange-hood. He was speaking along with others...[more]

June 19, 2014 Nigeria: Are Our Corporate Governance Standards High Enough?

Source: Premium Times

Corporate governance is at the heart of how businesses are run. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), "corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company's management, its...

June 19, 2014 Good corp, bad corp - the rapid rise of business ethics

Source: The Independent

The venue was apt for an evening’s debate on business ethics entitled “Good corp, bad corp”. In the floors above were the UK corporate headquarters for both Google and Vitol, a secretive global commodities trading house which...

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