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February 11, 2014 Defining the different ethical investing strategies

Source: FT Adviser

Ethical, ESG, SRI, or thematic: what should you be looking out for when assessing options?

February 10, 2014 Do We Really Want Public Pension Funds to Become Activist Investors'

strategy-business.com - Recently a few of the largest public pension funds have made a notable shift ... a shake-up of the board at Timken (a steel and bearings maker), which led to a breakup of the company. In theory, this...

February 10, 2014 I.S.S. Sides With Apple in Battle Against Icahn

Source: NY Times

Apple gained a notable new ally on Sunday in its attempts to beat back a proposal by Carl C. Icahn calling for a $50 billion stock buyback. Institutional Shareholder Services, the prominent proxy advisory firm, told clients in a...

February 7, 2014 The Challenges of Running Responsible Supply Chains

Source: NY Times

Horrific factory tragedies often prompt powerful public calls for reform, and the Rana Plaza fire that killed more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh almost a year ago is no exception. Bangladesh is the poster child for the...

February 6, 2014 Impact Investing: Three Ways for Advisors to Remain Strategic

Minyanville - For the socially îresponsible investorî, focusing on the long term is even more critical as we seek to compound both financial and social returns. The social-impact conversation is critical for advisors...

February 5, 2014 Show Me The Money: Looking Into Columbia’s Investment In Fossil Fuels

Source: BWOG

Since Barnard Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (BCD) was founded in fall 2012, its momentum has grown rapidly. Last semester, BCD helped to pass the first ballot initiative at Columbia, in which 73% of voting Columbia College...

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...

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