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    1. Three Activist Hedge Funds to Watch

      Three Activist Hedge Funds to Watch

      In a year where some of the biggest names in activism—Nelson Peltz, David Einhorn, and Bill Ackman to name a few — had less-than-stellar returns , a few less-known activist hedge fund managers performed surprisingly well. Leading the pack was sometimes-activist investor Voce Capital Management's Daniel Plants, with 19% returns for the year, according to a person familiar with the situation...

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    2. Elliott Is Doing Pretty Nicely in the Power Business

      Elliott Is Doing Pretty Nicely in the Power Business

      In case you hadn’t noticed, Elliott Management Corp. is killing it in the power sector.

      The latest deal, announced Monday, involves the activist fund and several partners infusing $2.5 billion into FirstEnergy Corp., a struggling Midwestern utility. They will also contribute two people to a new five-person advisory board to help FirstEnergy exit its merchant generation business and set strategy from here...

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    3. Research: Activist Investors Are More Likely to Target Female CEOs

      Research: Activist Investors Are More Likely to Target Female CEOs

      Mary Barra, Meg Whitman, Indra Nooyi: These are just three of the women who have successfully broken through the notorious “glass ceiling” to become CEOs of large public firms. Although women are still underrepresented at the top of corporations, there is growing interest in understanding whether ...

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    4. How Passive Funds Could Save Shareholder Capitalism

      How Passive Funds Could Save Shareholder Capitalism

      BlackRock’s Larry Fink wants companies to make positive contribution to society Passive fund management continues to grow rapidly, gobbling up market share from the active fund management industry. As a result, passive funds are subject to lots of objections – some more reasonable than others – from active fund managers, who are still trying to defend their corner...

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    5. At BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, 'Engagement' Has Different Meanings

      At BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, 'Engagement' Has Different Meanings

      The biggest passive money managers all like to use some version of the word "engage" when describing how they hold their portfolio companies accountable behind the scenes. They differ on how that engagement is measured. BlackRock Chief Executive Laurence Fink cited the strategy this week in his annual letter to other CEOs...

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    6. Just a Quick Reminder That Facebook's Board Doesn't Actually Govern Facebook

      Just a Quick Reminder That Facebook's Board Doesn't Actually Govern Facebook

      Technically speaking, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg is correct that Facebook's board of directors is "the group that ultimately governs Facebook" in his post announcing that the company is adding outgoing American Express CEO Ken Chenault to its board of directors. That's why the young chief executive says adding a director is "a long process" that he takes "very seriously...

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    7. This is How to Move Visible Minorities Onto Corporate Boards

      This is How to Move Visible Minorities Onto Corporate Boards

      The Canadian Board Diversity Council's newest report finds nearly 30% of board candidates are visible minorities, up from 12% in 2016 / Getty Images Tumblr One of the first reasons often given to explain why the diversity among corporate directors does not match the composition of the Canadian population is that there is a shortage of qualified candidates...

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    8. What High CEO Salaries can do to Worker Productivity

      What High CEO Salaries can do to Worker Productivity

      Some employees really don’t like how much their CEOs get paid — and that can affect the company’s performance. It’s common for chief executives to make significantly higher salaries than lower-level employees do, but that disparity can actually hurt companies , according to a new working paper by Ethan Rouen, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. When a CEO is “overpaid” and employees are “underpaid,” the firm performance suffers the most, he said...

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    9. Jana’s Jab at Apple May Be a Route to Reverse Its Shrinking Assets

      Jana’s Jab at Apple May Be a Route to Reverse Its Shrinking Assets

      Barry Rosenstein’s push to protect children from overusing iPhones isn’t just about altruism. The managing partner of Jana Partners offered a simple explanation for teaming up with the California State Teachers’ Retirement System this month to urge Apple Inc. to study whether young customers are being hurt. “I don’t think there’s any conflict with generating a positive return” and corporate good, he told CNBC...

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    10. NYSE Dividend Notification Changes Effective February 1st

      NYSE Dividend Notification Changes Effective February 1st

      On February 1, 2018, the amendments to the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual adopted in August 2017 become effective. These amendments will require listed companies to notify the NYSE at least 10 minutes before a company announces any dividend or stock distribution or the fixing of a record date for any dividend or stock distribution, even if the announcement is made outside of market hours...

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    11. Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium

      Rethinking Stakeholder Engagement for the New Millennium

      What does stakeholder engagement mean in the 21 st century? How has the topic gained such traction over the past few years? What is the role of the compliance professional in stakeholder engagement? How does increased stakeholder engagement help to make companies stronger, more efficient and, most critically, more profitable?..

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    12. There are 3 Reasons Why an Activist Investor Could Be interested in Lowe's

      There are 3 Reasons Why an Activist Investor Could Be interested in Lowe's
      • News that activist investor D.E. Shaw wants a potentially larger stake in Lowe's has caused its shares to climb.
      • Seth Sigman, an analyst at Credit Suisse, sees additional upside for the home retailer, as there are three things that make the company attractive.
      • Relative to its rival Home Depot, Sigman sees Lowe's as being a formidable investment opportunity...
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    13. Raymond James Advice for Small to Mid-Sized Companies About Activist Shareholders? Prepare and Listen

      Raymond James Advice for Small to Mid-Sized Companies About Activist Shareholders? Prepare and Listen

      Shareholder fights between activist investors and publicly traded companies are getting nastier, especially in some industries, and a lot of them don’t involve corporate giants like General Motors and Procter & Gamble. In 2015, according to Raymond James, 208 activist campaigns were launched against 169 companies valued between $50 million and $1 billion. Since 2009, the number of campaigns against companies that size has grown 163 percent...

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    14. Why Amber Tamblyn's Plea To Disney To Add Women Of Color To Their Board Is Crucial

      Why Amber Tamblyn's Plea To Disney To Add Women Of Color To Their Board Is Crucial

      Actor, director , and writer Amber Tamblyn has established herself as an activist and face of the Times Up movement, first with her open letter to James Woods, followed by a powerful op/ed in The New York Times. Her Twitter feed is a tireless thread of support for the women who have spoken out against ...

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    15. Here's Where Things Went Wrong for Procter & Gamble in 2017

      Here's Where Things Went Wrong for Procter & Gamble in 2017

      Here's Where Things Went Wrong for Procter & Gamble in 2017 Markets Motley Fool You know you're having a bad year when your management team has to spend months beating back an activist investor attack on your business strategy. Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) narrowly won that particular battle in 2017. But the consumer products giant can't relax just yet. After all, the key shareholder complaints that fed the challenge -- and led to a shakeup on its board of directors -- are still present...

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    16. Wells Fargo Still Can’t Quite Seem to Fix Its Wagon

      Wells Fargo Still Can’t Quite Seem to Fix Its Wagon

      Waiting for another sign that Wells Fargo & Co. has turned a corner? Its fourth-quarter earnings, released Friday, provided differing levels of validation for investors who had sent the stock flying to a record earlier this week.

      For the first time since the GOP tax bill was passed last month, Wells Fargo detailed its impact...

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    17. Time to Revisit Executive Compensation Arrangements in Light of Recent Tax Reform

      Time to Revisit Executive Compensation Arrangements in Light of Recent Tax Reform

      The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, will significantly impact many public company executive compensation plans and arrangements. Companies should take this opportunity to revisit their overall compensation design and consider whether changes are appropriate to enhance flexibility and/or better align compensation design with the company’s business objectives...

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    18. No, Amazon Is Not Buying Target, Kohl's, or Any Other Retailer

      No, Amazon Is Not Buying Target, Kohl's, or Any Other Retailer

      Amazon.com 's (NASDAQ: AMZN) $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market shook up the retail sector, stunning investors and sending supermarket stocks plunging. Indeed, it was a surprising move and indicated a new direction for Amazon, but the worst lesson investors seemed to take from the deal is that it immediately conveyed value on all other brick-and-mortar retailers as if they could be the next targets of Amazon...

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    19. What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Executive Compensation

      What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Executive Compensation

      The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been passed by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Trump. Although the final bill did not include a repeal of Code Section 409A, the complex regulatory scheme governing the taxation of deferred compensation, it may still have a significant impact on the current compensation practices of public and tax-exempt employers...

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