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July 10, 2014 Obama isn't killing coal. It's dying anyway.

The Week Magazine - Coal, of course, will never be free. [The Guardian] That's why the Australian government and private groups such as Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî forecast solar generation to rise six-fold over...

July 2, 2014 Executive pay rule changes likely in '14

Source: Hartford Business

I think the SEC is looking to get another way to compare executive pay across firms. The summary compensation table that lists executive pay, bonuses, and stock awards was previously designed as one way to get comparison, as well...

June 25, 2014 Oracle can buy anything except a vision

Source: NASDAQ

On Monday, Oracle (orcl) announced that it would acquire MICROS Systems for $4.6 billion, giving the enterprise software giant entre into the highly lucrative restaurant and hospitality industries, The buy also served to reverse...

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 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 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 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 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...

May 19, 2014 How Smart Girls Get On Corporate Boards

Source: FORBES

For women who aspire to serve on a corporate board, sisterhood was alive and well in New York last week. Two headhunters who vet executives for these cushy spots occupied center stage at a Tuesday lunchtime program hosted by The...

May 13, 2014 Boycotting coal stocks isn't the way to fight global warming

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Stanford University is banishing coal stocks from its $18.7 billion endowment, but the mining industry is unlikely to feel much pain. Any shares Stanford sells will find plenty of willing buyers. If the stock price falls a...

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