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Delaware Seeks to Restore Balance Between Corporations and Shareholders

Nan Aron | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

More than half the nation's Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. So Delaware corporate law affects everyone. A recent case kicked off the need to recalibrate Delaware law. Here's what happened.

The São Paulo Stock Exchange Expansion Would Be a Good Move

Susan Perkins | Posted 03.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Susan Perkins

Though the LatAm capital markets are fighting to ward off further downward movement due to stumbling oil prices and weakening currencies, one long-term strategy that will continue to bring more liquidity to these markets is better corporate governance practices.

NYC Comptroller's New Program To Let Shareholders Have More Say On Who Serves On Corporate Boards

Nell Minow | Posted 01.12.2015 | New York
Nell Minow

How "independent" can directors be if the insiders not only determine who serves on the board and how long they serve, but also how much they get paid and what information they receive?

Why Carl Icahn's Legal Gambit on Dell Shows Bad Faith and Is Not Shareholder Activism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Icahn should back off with his opposition to the buyout, and if he really cares about his investment, roll up his sleeves and get involved in helping Dell grow.

Dell Game: Why Carl Icahn's Activism Is Bad for the Company

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Carl Icahn, relentless corporate raider, is back again and with a proposal that could put computer maker Dell on the road to becoming another Blockbuster or TWA.

Bad to Worse: Why Shareholder Activism Hurts Shareholders

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

One of the ways (theoretically) in which businesses are held accountable by the public, or at least those with stock portfolios, is through shareholder activism. However, in practice, shareholder activism can actually be a case of a disease being used to cure an illness.

Everyone's Business: Why the Private Sector should be Accountable to the Public

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The private sector should be held to the same standard of scrutiny that the government itself receives from the people, and corporate governance should be as much a matter of public debate and law as political governance.

Break Up Executive Pay, Not the Banks, to Fix Too-Big-to-Fail

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

While in theory the system pays people for responsible decision-making, in practice it rewards executives for generating outsize returns even at the expense of the company's future.

Bob the Businessman: An American Success Story

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

This is the story of Bob The businessman. This fable in no way is meant to make you think about the way that modern American corporations and the current American political system operates.

Norway: The Oil State

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Anders Lorenzen

Welcome to Norway, home to a proud people who enjoy telling the myth about how they cheated their rival and neighbor Denmark by, despite owning very l...

Does a Trade-off Need to Stay a Trade-off?

Roger Martin | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Roger Martin

Will there continue to be trade-offs between shareholder value maximization and social good? Absolutely. We live in an imperfect world. Does there have to be a trade-off between the two in all instances? Only if we collectively decide to make it so. Let's not.

Mandate Transparency on the Anniversary

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

If you're not a campaign finance wonk, then you may not have noted that a significant anniversary will arrive on this weekend on January 21st.

Little Sally Learns About the Toxicity of Shareholder Value Maximization

Roger Martin | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business
Roger Martin

If given forthright answers, even a 10-year-old can figure out that shareholder value maximization isn't even vaguely motivating for employees. And yet it is a common rallying cry for many companies. Pathetic.

Shareholders Must Go to the Corporation Before Going to the Courthouse

Brad Reid | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

While shareholders are the owners of a corporation, in everyday actions the board of directors and officers manage the business. If a shareholder disa...

A Growing Consensus on What to Do About Citizens United

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 11.25.2011 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

What are the key rules of the game in a modern American election? Who can be a candidate, who can vote, and who can spend money on the election. It was this third rule that changed last year.

Want to Make a Difference? Invest Responsibly

Amy Domini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Domini

For socially responsible investors, impact starts by changing the dialog.

As Wall Street Pay Hits Record Highs, Shareholders Want Their Say, Often

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lisa Gilbert

As Wall Street continues to churn out big compensation and shareholders vote for more frequent opportunities to speak out, we can expect continued attention on the risky pay practices of big companies.

Conservatives: Do the Right Thing on Proxy Rules!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marty Robins

I'm a conservative because I feel that it is best when government gets out of the way. But when I read about the legal challenge to the new SEC proxy access rules, I wonder about the motives of my fellow conservatives.

Why Oracle's CEO Should Be Fired and Its Board Sued by Shareholders

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Compensation of CEOs is generally deemed outrageous. But what is now at stake, is that, while the amounts themselves are outrageous, their correlation to performance is questionable, too.

In The Public Interest: Remove the Blinders

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

It's safe to say that unlimited corporate and union spending in elections is far from what the founding fathers envisioned when they guaranteed Americans the right of "freedom of speech."

Phantom Assets: Undermining Corporate Elections and Shareholder Rights

N. E. Marsden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
N. E. Marsden

Every once in awhile, a journalistic ray of light exposes how far our financial system has veered from anything resembling objective reality.

WellPoint/Anthem Shareholders Revolt!

Rob Stone M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Stone M.D.

The health insurance industry adds huge administrative costs to our system, not to mention the profits they siphon off. WellPoint is a parasitic middleman that adds no value and increases the cost of health care.

Eliot Spitzer: How technology can help stockholders take control of the corporations they own.

Slate Magazine | Eliot Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Twitter, text messages, YouTube, and other technology transformed politics in 2008. This success raises a compelling question: Can the same technology...

Too Compromised to Govern: the Top Conflicts Plaguing Corporate Governance

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Although Wall Street maybe too big to fail, corporate governance reform is just too important to fail.

SEC Changes the Game on CEO Succession

Alicia Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alicia Whitaker

Shareholders can now challenge the board to learn more about plans for CEO succession. This is one more action that will make it less likely that the CEO can fill the board with good old boys.