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    1. Today’s Tech Founders Don’t Just Own the Company. They’re Also Getting Huge Pay Packages.

      Today’s Tech Founders Don’t Just Own the Company. They’re Also Getting Huge Pay Packages.

      Archer Aviation Inc. is years from producing its only planned product, a four-passenger electric air taxi that the main U.S. regulator hasn’t yet certified. It hasn’t generated any revenue. Still, the co-founders of this three-year-old company got a huge payday last month, a $99 million special stock award that stands to quadruple if Archer hits other milestones—thanks to a compensation package they negotiated before it listed publicly on Sept. 17...

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    2. Jana Partners Takes Stake in Macy’s, Urges Spin Off of E-Commerce Business

      Jana Partners Takes Stake in Macy’s, Urges Spin Off of E-Commerce Business

      An activist shareholder has taken a stake in Macy’s Inc. and is urging the famed retailer to spin off its fast-growing e-commerce business, according to people familiar with the matter. Jana Partners LLC on Wednesday sent a letter to the company’s board prodding it to separate the online unit, which has about $8 billion in annual revenue, the people said...

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    3. SEC Proposal Seeks Transparency in How Money Managers Wield Vast Voting Power

      SEC Proposal Seeks Transparency in How Money Managers Wield Vast Voting Power

      The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule that would require money managers to disclose more information on how they use their voting power. When investors buy a mutual fund and exchange-traded fund from an asset manager, the money manager votes on shareholder proposals on behalf of the investors. Shareholder votes extend from issues from executive compensation to a company’s efforts to address climate change...

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    4. SEC Is Investigating Activision Blizzard Over Workplace Practices, Disclosures

      SEC Is Investigating Activision Blizzard Over Workplace Practices, Disclosures

      Federal securities regulators have launched a wide-ranging investigation into Activision Blizzard Inc., including how the videogame-publishing giant handled employees’ allegations of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination, according to people familiar with the investigation and documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal...

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    5. SEC Issues $114 Million to Two Whistleblowers

      SEC Issues $114 Million to Two Whistleblowers

      The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded about $114 million in total to two whistleblowers, including one who provided independent analysis to the regulator that helped substantially advance investigations, the SEC said. With the latest awards, the SEC whistleblower program has paid out more than $1 billion to 207 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012, the agency said. That marks a milestone for the SEC whistleblower program created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act...

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    6. How a Fortune 500 Director Governs Her Own Career—With Help From Diane von Furstenberg

      How a Fortune 500 Director Governs Her Own Career—With Help From Diane von Furstenberg

      Dambisa Moyo wrote the book “How Boards Work” to explain what corporate board members do. She turns to her own personal board of directors for advice on how to do it better. The Zambian-born economist currently serves as a director for three companies: manufacturer 3M Co., energy giant Chevron Corp. and publisher Condé Nast. That assignment, she said, is different than it was just a decade ago. Board members not only have to handle activist fights, acquisitions and questions of succession...

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    7. The Wrong Way to Target Corporate Excess

      The Wrong Way to Target Corporate Excess

      When in doubt, go after corporate fat cats. Sensitive to criticism that existing revenue and cost measures won’t fully pay for their proposed $3.5 trillion spending plan , Congressional Democrats have their eyes on lavish executive compensation as a source of revenue. One proposal is an excise tax on companies that buy back a “significant” amount of their own stock. Another would target companies that pay bosses a high multiple of average employee compensation...

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