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July 29, 2015 BP is making the best of a bad situation

Source: Reuters

BP is making the best of a bad situation. There is clear progress on bringing down costs and capital expenditure. But with the oil price at nearly a six-month low of $53 a barrel for Brent crude, it’s only going to get harder for...

July 29, 2015 Pearson, the Financial Times and the culture of modern capitalism

Source: The Guardian

A short letter in Wednesday’s Financial Times makes for fascinating reading. Stimulated by Pearson’s sale of the FT to Nikkei, it poses profound questions about the nature of modern capitalism:

July 28, 2015 Analyst Who Predicted Bottom for Shanghai Stocks Sees Further 14% Plunge

Source: Bloomberg

Chinese stocks will decline by an additional 14 percent over the next three weeks as the market demonstrates a trading pattern that mirrors the U.S. crash in 1929, according to Tom DeMark.

July 27, 2015 Solutions to our ills in which profit is a motive do work

Engineering News - Let us get something îclear: profitî is good. In fact, profit as a motive is essential. Profit or loss is the final indicator of whether the people concerned are running a good operation. Imagine...

July 24, 2015 Three Post-Proxy-Season Thoughts

Source: Supra Business Advisor

For many companies, the period between Independence Day and Labor Day is a good time to absorb the lessons of the spring proxy season and to catch a corporate breath before the stretch run to the end of the year. With that in...

July 24, 2015 US Missed An Opportunity To Cut Carbon At Lower Cost

Source: Forbes

“As far as I’m concerned the renewables industry is built on the proposition that we should always do the most expensive thing first,” Rowe said at the Energy Thought Summit at Chicago’s Symphony Center. “Whereas a carbon tax or...

July 24, 2015 Giving Hippies Key to Portfolio Is Not Such a Bad Idea After All

Source: Bloomberg

Some of the fundamentalists from both streets may bristle at the comparison, but the trend of incorporating environmental, social and governance (or "ESG") considerations into investment decisions seems to be spreading faster...

July 22, 2015 The Dodd-Frank Act at 5: Examining progress and pushback

Source: Devex Impact

Since officially being inked into U.S. law on July 21, 2010, as the most sweeping set of financial reforms since the Great Depression, the landmark bill’s efforts to promote good governance in developing countries have indeed...

July 22, 2015 Toshiba scandal sheds harsh light on Japan's corporate governance

Source: The Guardian

The Toshiba accounting scandal comes just six weeks after the introduction of a corporate governance code in Japan that was meant to pave the way to a more open dialogue between companies and shareholders.

July 20, 2015 Investors Follow Their Conscience

Source: Wall Street Journal

Investors have increasingly been putting their money where their values are. Some advocates argue that “socially responsible investing” not only helps society, but can help boost a portfolio as well.

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