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Calling Out the Corporate Charade

Sarita Gupta | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Shareholder season is upon us, marking the beginning of another round of corporate America's dog-and-pony shows held to placate their cronies and pat each other on the back for another profitable year.

Realigning Purpose, Getting Things Done

Judith Samuelson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

I just returned from a great exchange of ideas organized by the Kellogg School of Management's Public-Private Initiative and the Aspen Institute. A key driver in the behavior of business and capital markets is how we describe -- and measure -- the purpose of the business corporation.

How the Megabanks Just Played the SEC and Shut Out Their Shareholders

Micah Hauptman | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Micah Hauptman

The megabanks should welcome the opportunity to explain to their investors why they benefit from their megabank size and structure. And the SEC should permit investors an opportunity to let their voices be heard.

Cerberus Divestment Is a Loss, Not a Win

Christine Bader | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Christine Bader

Cerberus Capital's decision to sell its stake in the Freedom Group, maker of the gun used in the Newtown shootings, is being widely applauded. But divestment is exactly the wrong outcome: Running away from the problem doesn't solve it.

Should We Eliminate Collective Bargaining For Stockholders, Too?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Tuesday night, Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law what has now become the standard Republican labor legislation; it's called b...

Are Corporations People (Redux)? Why Jack Welch Is Wrong

Don Tapscott | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business
Don Tapscott

To say corporations are people also unfairly sets them up for ridicule. Some have said, for example, if corporations are people we should ask ourselves what kind of people they are?

The Long-Term Price of Financial Reform

André Oliveira Santos | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
André Oliveira Santos

In response to the global crisis, policymakers around the world are instituting the broadest reform of financial regulation since the Great Depression.

Goldman Execs Win Dismissal Of TARP, Mortgage Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business

Aug 14 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc officials won the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing them of breaching their fiduciary duties by...

The Upcoming Showdown on Shareholder Proxy Access

Guhan Subramanian | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
Guhan Subramanian

Shareholder proxy access is one of the most hotly debated topics in all of business law. Who's right? We can gain some insight from our recent on-and-off experience with comprehensive proxy access.

Citi Still Mum On CEO Pay

Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.29.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

How on earth is Vikram Pandit supposed to do other important banker things when he is constantly being pestered by you people about his pay?

Dimon Cutters

Michael Farr | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

No matter what anyone tells you, it stands to reason that this European crisis is significant and will be around for quite a while longer. What will markets do?

An Investor Perspective: WellPoint's Political Disclosure Controversy

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Jack Ucciferri

By the nature of WellPoint's core business, it is connected to some of the most intimate moments in its clients' lives. WellPoint is in a risky business and by not being fully transparent about how they participate in politics, they amplify their risks even more.

'Tis the Season of the Shareholders

Nell Minow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
Nell Minow

There are moral hazards and agency costs in the allocation of corporate funds. Experience has shown that executives will support policies that diminish shareholder returns. The term "capitalism" refers, after all, to the providers of capital.

CEOs Get Served by Shareholders Sick of Political Spending

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 07.08.2012 | Business
Lisa Gilbert

Companies should get out of the political spending game and focus on doing what they were created to do: make a profit for their shareholders.

So Much For Shareholder Revolt

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business

The shareholder revolt against banker pay seems to have fizzled out. Shareholders late last week rejected the pay plan for Sterling Bancorp, a New ...

Shareholders, Protesters To Target Major Corporation

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

* Shareholder proposal seeks end to campaign contributions * Company calls proposal imprudent * Comes amid time of risin...

Investor: 'Big Banker Pay Hasn't Been Tamed At All'

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business

By Katharina Bart ZURICH, May 3 (Reuters) - UBS became the latest bank to face the anger of its shareholders over executive pay on Th...

Activists Target BofA Shareholder Meeting

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2012 | Business

* 99% Power groups says Wells Fargo excluded shareholders * Group wants to meet with CEO before May 9 meeting * Activist...

U.S. Needs Shareholders' Rights

Ted Kaufman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Business
Ted Kaufman

I doubt it. After years of not having to worry much about what their shareholders thought, the Citigroup vote was a wake up call for every corporate board of directors.

We, the Shareholders (Not the People)

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

In a true democracy, our officials are elected by and held accountable to us, the citizen, the highest office in the land. By focusing on the issues that unite instead of divide, and organizing with other citizens who meet on common ground, we can reject the status quo and its servants.

'No' Vote on Citigroup's Pay Should Spark CEO Compensation Reform

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Judith Samuelson

What would pay look like if pay packages emphasized investment in the real economy over short term profits that emanate from the non-productive activity that got us into trouble in the first place? Citi might be a great place to experiment.

Citigroup CEO, Directors Sued For Outsized Executive Pay Packages

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business

* Lawsuit follows rejection of CEO Pandit's pay package * Directors accused of breach of fiduciary duties April 20 (Reut...

Ex-Citi Chairman: Poor Communication To Blame For CEO Pay Fight

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business

* Ex-chairman says pay plan not explained well * Plan by board lost in advisory poll of shareholders * Barney Frank prai...

Citi Shareholder Revolt Spreads To Other Banks

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Citigroup shareholders seem to have started a trend. After the resounding rejection of Citigroup's compensation plan earlier this week, shareholder...

The Significance of Citigroup's Shareholder Revolt

Robert Reich | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

The vote against Vikram Pandit's proposed pay package isn't binding on Citigroup. But it's a warning shot across the bow of every corporate boardroom in America. Shareholders aren't happy about executive pay.