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January 30, 2014 Beware of Activist Investors

Source: American Banker

The banking industry's strong 2013 stock market performance reflects its recovery from the financial crisis. The KBW banking index rose 35% last year while the Standard & Poor's 500 rose by 30%. Nonetheless, the KBW banking index...

January 29, 2014 Norway Backs Biggest Wealth Fund in Seeking Highest Returns

Source: Bloomberg

Norway Finance Minister Siv Jensen said the nation’s $820 billion wealth fund should pursue the highest returns amid opposition demands that the investor place more focus on ethics and the environment.

January 29, 2014 U.S. securities class-action suits rise, big Supreme Court case looms

Source: Reuters

Investors are pursuing more lawsuits accusing companies of fraud, according to a new study, but filings may plunge if the U.S. Supreme Court decides soon to remake the legal landscape. Plaintiffs filed 166 federal securities...

January 24, 2014 Canada: Glass Lewis Publishes 2014 Proxy Voting Guidelines

Source: Mondaq

On December 13, 2013, Glass Lewis (GL) published its 2014 Proxy Voting Guidelines for the upcoming proxy season for the U.S., Canada, the UK and Asia. Some of the key updates are summarized below. We recommend that readers...

January 23, 2014 When It Comes To Getting Coal-Burning Utilities to Clean Up, Investors May Have More Power Than Regulators

Forbes - Should asset managers ply the companies in which they invest to be more environmentally assertive' That discussion is moving forward now that some institutional investors are pushing major coal-burning utilities to clean...

January 20, 2014 Swiss central bank to sell shares of ‘unethical’ companies

Source: Reuters

The Swiss National Bank will sell securities in companies that do not meet its ethical standards, including those of firms that commit serious human rights abuses, the central bank said on Friday “Recently the board has decided...

January 20, 2014 15 Million Shares Vote for Genocide-Free Investing Proposal at Mutual Fund

Social Funds - îInvestors Against Genocideî calls on Franklin Templeton to adopt a policy against investing in companies whose operations contribute to genocide. -- Franklin Resources, the parent...

January 16, 2014 Watch NY's DiNapoli Get Climate Action

DAILY KOS - Everybody wins. As a result, Mr. DiNapoli, the State of Connecticut and îAs You Sowî, a shareholder advocacy group, agreed to withdraw a shareholder resolution they had filed for First Energy's annual...

January 15, 2014 Nader, an Adversary of Capitalism, Now Fights as an Investor

Source: NY Times

“The next step is to organize the shareholders.” Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate, was on the phone, outlining to me his latest cause: plunging into capitalism’s muddy waters and fighting for shareholder rights.

January 15, 2014 Under Investor Pressure, Utility to Study Emissions

Source: NY Times

FirstEnergy, one of the country’s largest electric companies, has agreed to work toward reducing its carbon emissions in response to pressure from shareholders including New York State and Connecticut pension funds, New York...

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