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March 27, 2014 Market Structure Map - What Really Matters

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Last week whilst (as the Brits would say) tooling on cruiser bikes past beanie baby tycoon Ty Warner’s palace on the Santa Barbara bluffs, we sighted paradise. This week we’re in Boston where we sponsor the NIRI chapter. Hope to...[more]

March 24, 2014 Time Is Right to Be a Socially Responsible Investor

Source: Noozhawk

Many investors seek investment vehicles that reflect their social values. This is true for a sizable segment of the investor population in California, and especially here in Santa Barbara. The challenge has been finding...

March 22, 2014 Exxon Decision Shows Growing Climate Clout Of Investors

Law 360 - Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 7:34 PM ET) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s agreement to disclose how it evaluates the climate change risks of its energy assets is a rare, significant victory for shareholder activists that...

March 21, 2014 Chasing The Dragon - Is The Chinese Economy Flaming Out'

Seeking Alpha - The Rise of the Dragon as the World's Largest Trading Nation Since becoming a member of the îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) in December 2001, China's economy has grown eightfold to overtake Japan as...

March 14, 2014 Silicon Valley is turning our lives into an asset class

Financial Times - In the past few decades, Wall Street has made finance a central feature of both the global economy and of our everyday lives a process often described as financialisation;. Silicon Valley, almost...

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...

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