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March 12, 2014 More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

Source: Harvard Business Review

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said something to a shareholder that you very rarely hear: take a hike. I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly. At the company’s latest shareholder meeting, a think tank, NCPPR, pushed Apple to stop...

March 12, 2014 How to Move ESG from Philosophy to Alpha Generator

Source: Enterprising Investor

Many investors are privately more fervent proponents of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) philosophy than they are in public. Conventional wisdom holds that the investment pro’s job is to make investors money, and...

March 6, 2014 Icahn's rebrand from devil to angel looks suspicious

Source: SF Gate

I first encountered Carl Icahn at an airport in St. Louis in the spring of 2001. Or more accurately, I first encountered how much people hated him. At the time, the once-venerable airline TWA had successfully filed a bankruptcy...

February 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - Unwired

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

It’s got to stop. Warren Buffett said so. Until the Wall Street Journal’s Scott Patterson broke the story recently, most investor-relations professionals were unaware that Berkshire Hathaway unit Business Wire took fees from...[more]

February 25, 2014 What's On Warren Buffett's Mind?

Source: Barron's

Both Fortune and U.S.A. Today have articles that share the latest investment thinking of Warren Buffett, America's most famous investor. The Fortune article is getting most of the buzz because Buffett wrote it himself: it's...

February 1, 2014 Okay, bankers screwed up - but enough with the bashing - Such a spirit of collaboration would benefit everyone, but it requires civility and (tough as it might be) the willingness to look forward instead of backwards. In this light, Sergio Ermotti's complaints...

January 30, 2014 Taper II and Goodbye Mr. Bernanke

Source: Forbes

While I wasn’t surprised that the FOMC accelerated their taper today, I wouldn’t have been surprised had they hit the pause button this time. The December jobs report plus other recent weaknesses in the data had provided...

January 29, 2014 Stop the Davos bashing! A five-point reality check

CNBC - For almost a week in January every year, Davos is in the headlines of the entire world media. Millions eagerly turn to their favorite news channel to get a taste of what is happening at the annual meeting of the...

January 28, 2014 The Bernanke Legacy

Source: Wall Street Journal

As the Federal Reserve Chairman prepared to step down, the encomiums rolled in. "The most successful tenure in Fed history," said the S&P economist. Added a former Fed Governor: "He has been called, and I think justifiably so,...

January 27, 2014 Economic Freedom Matters 2014

Source: Seeking Alpha

The Heritage Foundation recently released its 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. For 20 years, the foundation has used a consistent empirical measurement to evaluate countries worldwide. The results have clearly shown a correlation...

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