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March 18, 2016 Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Back Useless Bill To Regulate Hedge Fund Activism

Source: Forbes

The post-crisis boom in shareholder activism has put companies as large as DuPont , General Motors GM +0.85%, and PepsiCo PEP +1.03% in the crosshairs of prominent hedge funds. It has given birth to Wall Street-backed acquisition...

March 15, 2016 Volkswagen: When 'Hubris' Leads To A Corporate Governance Disaster -- And Shareholder Pain

Source: Forbes

Something smells very bad about corporate governance in any publicly-listed business when the threat of litigation – or worse – the possibility of personal doubt at top management levels on its complicity in corporate wrongdoing...

March 14, 2016 Warren Buffett explains why a good business is one 'your idiot nephew' could run (MCO, BRK.A, BRK.B)

San Francisco Gate - Rather, as Warren Buffett noted in an interview with the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in May 2010, one should instead in invest in a business that any fool can run. The interview comes from a...

March 11, 2016 Want Equality? Start with Providing Housing That People Can Afford

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Upwards of $22 TRILLION! That’s what some experts estimate we’ve spent since LBJ launched his Great Society in 1964 in an attempt to eliminate poverty and racial injustice in America. Yet, little has changed. [more]

March 3, 2016 Market Structure Map - Inconvenience

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Yesterday markets soared on queue with a Chinese currency devaluation in the form of lower bank reserve requirements (which increases money and reduces its value). For those who at the words “currency devaluation” feel like...[more]

March 2, 2016 Are investors starting to not care about China? - text/video

Source: CNBC

The news out of China, bad or good, just doesn't seem to have as much bite anymore. Sure, downbeat Chinese economic data on the first day of trading in 2016 ignited a global market sell-off. But as the year has worn on, the...

March 2, 2016 This Top Fed Official Has a Darker Outlook for the Economy

Source: Fortune

An influential Federal Reserve official on Tuesday said he sees downside risks to his U.S. economic outlook, an assessment that could flag a longer pause before the Fed’s next interest-rate hike than he and his colleagues had...

March 2, 2016 Cramer: Accounting Irregularities Equals Sell. Always.

Source: The Street

Now, if you had not yet been adhering to my "accounting regularities equals sell" doctrine, this time you just had to. The SEC hates restatements, and almost always opens an investigation into them.

March 1, 2016 Social Investing: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Source: Forbes

Socially responsible investing (SRI) has become a cultural phenomenon. Many investors are increasingly attempting to align their investment strategies with their social values. According to the 2014 Report on Sustainable and...

March 1, 2016 ESG: Legal Opinion On Role Of Fiduciaries As Investors Get Serious

Source: Forbes

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has just released a paper made up of two legal opinions from Groom Law and Morgan Lewis on integrating ESG issues into investment decisions under the Employee Retirement Security...

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