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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...

June 19, 2014 The role of the institutional investor in corporate governance

Source: Business Day

Developing good relations between a company and its shareholders is as much a task for the shareholders as it for the Board. Institutional Investors as “professional shareholders” with large investments in companies have more at...

June 19, 2014 Why Sustainability Needs A Serious Makeover

Source: PSFK

Blending what we desire with what we need is a recipe for pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. In Dynamic Doers, a series by PSFK and iQ by Intel, we look at versatile entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and developers who...

June 17, 2014 The global warming hiatus

Financial Post - While the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) still uses the iconic word âunequivocalâ to describe warming of the climate system over the past century, a new word has...

June 16, 2014 Great Men, great pay? Why CEO compensation is sky high.

Source: Washington Post

Why are so many chief executive compensation packages so outrageous? And why do they continue to roar ahead of most workers’ pay? According to data released this month by executive-salary tracker Equilar, the 200 most highly...

June 16, 2014 How to Sell a Carbon Tax

Source: Bloomberg

The best way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases is to put a tax on carbon. Almost all economists would agree. Yet there's even wider agreement, and not just among economists, that a carbon tax can't happen. In the U.S., it's...

June 16, 2014 Stopping Russia from cornering Europe’s energy market

Source: Washington Post

President Obama’s meeting this month with the Group of Seven leaders focused on European energy policies in light of the crisis in Ukraine. As Western leaders seek the right response, they would do well to keep in mind that...

June 16, 2014 Using integrated technology to improve governance, reduce business risks

Source: Business Day

A unified approach to governance, risk and compliance using integrated technology has been found to help organisations quickly maximise strategic and operational performance, cost-effectively manage regulations and policies and...

June 13, 2014 Lack Of Transparency The Key To Success Of EPA Climate Change Proposals

Source: Forbes

Opponents of the EPA proposals to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent readily concede that if implemented they might indeed reduce the earth’s temperature by as much as one twentieth of a degree within one hundred years, but have...

June 13, 2014 Market Structure Map - The Big News

Source: Tim Quast, President,ModernNetworks IR LLC

With crowning dreams of California Chrome and the unfortunately tinny conclusion to the equine trifecta dominating news, you might have missed what counted last week. There was Liquidnet, operator of a members-only trading market...[more]

June 12, 2014 Why Warren Buffet is Betting Big on Clean Energy

Equities - This is possibly one of the reasons why Buffett is looking to bet big on the industry. According to a survey conducted by SolarCity and îClean Edgeî in collaboration with NASDAQ earlier this year, 88...

June 12, 2014 Fracking: Could Mexico's Water Scarcity Render It's Energy Sector Reforms Self-Defeating?

Source: Forbes

In many countries, including the U.S., France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Australia, fracking has been partially banned or delayed on environmental concerns. Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a...

June 10, 2014 Paul Krugman's Both Right And Wrong About Climate Change Here

Source: Forbes

Paul Krugman has decided to opine on the subject of climate change and he’s both right and wrong in what he’s saying. The parts he has right are that there are those opposing the very idea simply in order to protect their own...

June 9, 2014 Hurray For EPA Carbon Rules!

Source: Forbes

New carbon rules may be going into place in America and everyone is worried about the economic effects. Don’t worry, we’ll be fine. It won’t hurt the economy or our energy security or our energy reliability. It won’t even cause a...

June 5, 2014 The Role of Individual Investors in Prompting Governance Reform via the Proxy Process

Source: guest commentary by Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management

We have all read a great deal about the concern that companies, the [US] Chamber of Commerce and SEC Commissioner Gallagher have about the “highjacking” of the proxy process. Particular anger is aimed at John Chevedden, Bill...

June 5, 2014 Climate change: no longer just an ‘environmental problem’

Source: The Guardian

As someone who has worked on climate change for many years, I’m sometimes struck by how the debate has evolved. When I first worked on the issue for WWF, I was director of the organisation’s Arctic Programme. Amongst other things...

June 5, 2014 Risk posed by China mountain removal

Source: BBC News

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say. Researchers from Chang'an University in China have warned that dozens of mountains have already been...

June 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Crossfinding

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

“Arnuk and Saluzzi, the principals of Themis Trading, have done more than anyone to explain and publicize the predation in the new stock market.” So writes Michael Lewis in his No. 1 New York Times bestseller Flash Boys, which...[more]

June 4, 2014 A Paltry Start in Curbing Global Warming

Source: NY Times

Tim Jackson, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey in Britain, uses a nifty back-of-the-envelope calculation to underscore the challenge of giving the world’s poor a shot at prosperity while preventing...

June 4, 2014 The Future of CSR and the War of Words

Source: Probono Australia

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that seems to generate endless disputes without solution. One is either for or against CSR. Some critics defend owner wealth creation, or characterise CSR as “two-faced...

June 4, 2014 Our wealth gap is unsustainable

Source: Minnesota Daily

One of today’s most contentious political issues concerns the impact of wealth inequality and how we can reduce the large gap between the rich and the poor. President Barack Obama made this a central part of his 2012 presidential...

June 3, 2014 The Wealth Gap and Race

Source: Ordinary Times

A couple of weeks ago Elias Isquith linked to an article from the National Journal about the wealth gap between blacks and whites. It’s important to note here that the article is talking about wealth, not income. The reason why...

June 3, 2014 Has Obama Fulfilled His Promise on Carbon Emissions?

Source: The New Yorker

On December 18, 2009, Barack Obama flew to Copenhagen to address an international climate summit that was widely being described as a disaster. The aim of the summit was to produce a legally binding agreement on greenhouse-gas...

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