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July 8, 2014 Fighting Back: Getting Tough with Shareholder Activists Through Investment Branding

Source: Q4

For centuries, strategists and philosophers have espoused that “the best defense is a good offense” for the simple reason that “when you are constantly in a defensive posture, you can seldom win.”[1] While this philosophy has...

July 8, 2014 Should Wall Street Care About Global Warming?

Source: National Journal

Environmentalists are trying to turn the attention of the financial sector to climate change. The question is: Will it work? At the end of last month, green activist Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg...

July 7, 2014 European shares retreat after weak German data

Reuters - The euro zone's blue-chip Euro îSTOXXî 50 index fell 0.4 percent to 3,2158.30 points, while Germany's DAX - which hit a record high in June - weakened by 0.2 percent. European stock markets fell after German...

July 7, 2014 Week Ahead: Investors Watch Fed, IMF - And Rupert Murdoch

Source: Forbes

The recent record highs for US stock markets could be tested in the days and weeks ahead as earnings season gets under way and investors get the latest read on when the US Federal Reserve might start to raise interest rates back...

July 7, 2014 US Economy to pick up in the second half of the year

Source: The Westside Story

The data is based on a gauge of leading indicators that grew in May, which was the fourth month of expansion. îThe Conference Boardîâs leading economic index rose 0.5% last month to 101.7, and only shows signs...

July 6, 2014 You Better Read This if You Don't Know Anything About the Shadow Banking System

Forbes - A chart in the îFinancial Crisis Inquiry Commissionî Report underscored the significance of âshadow bankingâ by showing it as a larger dollar amount than traditional banking from 2004 until 2008....

July 6, 2014 Stock Market Rests after Record Highs

Wall Street Sector Selector - The îSTOXXî 600 Banking Index sank 1.2 percent on Friday. The Euro îSTOXXî 50 Index declined 0.59 percent to 3,270 â remaining above its 50-day moving average of 3,233....

July 6, 2014 SunTrust Mortgage Reaches $320 Million Settlement Over Mortgage Modifications

Source: Sun Trust

SunTrust Bank and federal prosecutors reached a settlement on Thursday to end a criminal investigation into the bank’s tardiness in approving mortgage modifications for its customers. The bank has agreed to pay up to $320 million...

July 3, 2014 10 biggest S&P 500 winners and losers for 2014

Source: MarketWatch

The S&P 500 Index SPX +0.07% has returned 7% this year through Thursday. That might seem lousy when compared with the 32% return (with reinvested dividends) during 2013, but it’s on pace to beat the historical average by a...

July 3, 2014 Obama: more reforms needed to wring risk from banks - report

Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he wants additional financial reforms to make sure banks are not tempted to make risky bets that can pay off handsomely for a few if they succeed but can cause widely felt disruptions if...

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