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August 19, 2013 The Problem With Wiggle Room in Securities

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

To veterans of Wall Street, the details that emerged in last week’s criminal complaints against two former JPMorgan Chase traders didn’t exactly shock. Over the years, countless traders have misrepresented the values of the...

August 19, 2013 Merge Is What Airlines Do

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

So how is it that 35 years after the law was passed that deregulated the airline industry, we stand today with two megacarriers, United and Delta, while a third proposed megamerger — of American and US Airways — was all but done...

August 14, 2013 Are These Companies Better After Shareholder Activism?

Source: The Motley Fool

Within the past year, shareholder activists have been very busy within the energy space. In this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman take a close look at Elliott Management's recent initiatives...

August 12, 2013 U.S. Companies Thrive as Workers Fall Behind

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

AMERICAN companies are more profitable than ever — and more profitable than we thought they were before the government revised the national income accounts last week. Wage earners are making less than we thought, in part because...

August 7, 2013 G&A Institute Sustainability Update

Source: Hank Boerner, CEO, Governance & Accountability Institute

Informative, insightful, thought provoking...the new blog from the Governance & Accountability Institute focusing on the sustainable world evolving daily before our eyes. Read it, absorb it, question it and challenge it. ...

August 5, 2013 Clawbacks in Word, Not Deed

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

WHAT good is a policy if it’s never enforced? That’s a question investors are asking these days about an executive pay standard that companies rarely seem to use. We’re talking about so-called clawback provisions allowing a...

July 31, 2013 Why we should stop subsidizing executive pay

Source: Kansas City Star

Almost everyone knows CEO pay is out of control. It surged 16 percent at big companies last year, according to The New York Times, and the typical CEO raked in $15.1 million. Meanwhile, the median wage continued to drop, adjusted...

July 26, 2013 For SAC, Indictment May Imperil Its Survival

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Is SAC Capital Advisors going to be the next Arthur Andersen, a company destroyed by an indictment? If so, there will be one primary distinction: Government officials came to regret forcing Andersen, the auditor of Enron and one...

July 23, 2013 How Sears Became the Worst Retailer, and Company, in America

Triple Pundit - Once upon a time, before Amazon.com, much of America and Canada shopped at Sears. Folks with access to little more than the local general store could comb through its catalogs and buy everything from, well, combs...

July 23, 2013 Ethics Builds Responsible Businesses

Source: All Africa

THE assertion "ethics is the foundation of good corporate governance" speaks to the heart of responsible business entities. This is so because most violations of corporate governance processes are a result of the absence of...

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