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Commentary & Opinion
June 29, 2011 Good Corporate Governance vs Pension Fund SocialismSource: JDSupra
The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) have teamed up on an initiative called the Diverse Director Database (3D Program). The United States...
Source: Huffington Post
Could an animated film about cars become Big Oil's next nemesis? In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Cars 2" director John Lasseter discussed the major overhaul to his upcoming film, a revamp that makes Big Oil...
June 6, 2011 Inciting a Revolution: The Investor SpringSource: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
O’Donnell, a retired chief executive of the J. Walter Thompson Company, and a man who picks his own stocks, figured that if Twitter, Facebook and other social media could help oppressed citizens in Tunisia and Egypt rally for...
June 3, 2011 A Man For All SeasonsSource: Richard Barr, Featured Commentator, Governance & Accountability Institute
In 1987 I was fresh out of grad school in photography at the University of New Mexico. Turning 40, I was finally out of excuses to stay in school. I was searching for a right-livelihood profession, not in photography, and I...
April 28, 2011 A Shareholder Activist Takes Aim at NetflixSource: Seeking Alpha
While awaiting release of its 10Q, I was leafing through Netflix's (NFLX) filings at the SEC website. I came across one pertaining to the company's upcoming June shareholder's meeting. Alongside the typical business, I stumbled...
April 26, 2011 NYSE Shareholder Meeting May Be a ShootoutSource: CNBC -Trader Talk
The NYSE will host its annual shareholder meeting this Thursday at 8am ET at the NYSE. This may be a bit of a shootout. First, many believe some kind of announcement may be forthcoming from Deutsche Boerse or NYSE Euronext prior...
April 20, 2011 What You Need to Know About Socially Responsible InvestingSource: US News and World Report
One interesting category created by the mutual fund industry that has grown over time is socially responsible investing (SRI). These funds won't invest in companies that pollute the environment, make addictive substances such as...
April 8, 2011 Corporate Governance -The shareholder awakensSource: The Economist
THE nuns who are challenging Goldman Sachs’s claim to be doing “God’s work”, by bringing a shareholder resolution questioning the bank’s executive-pay policies, are but the tip of an iceberg. Thanks to a “say on pay” clause in...
April 5, 2011 Shareholders can question 'fracking'Source: Philly.com
If you don't like natural gas companies drilling in your Pennsylvania backyard, you have shareholder democracy on your side. In response to last week's column about investing in energy companies working the Marcellus Shale, it is...
March 28, 2011 Sustainability’s Influence on Stock ValueSource: Triple Pundit
Political discourse over sustainability, in the USA, always seems to debate this single notion: that implementing sustainability initiatives – whether those are to increase the use of renewable energy, or to introduce any form of...
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