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    1. Relaxing the Volcker Rule: A Real Mistake

      Relaxing the Volcker Rule: A Real Mistake

      The Volcker Rule states that U.S. banks will be barred in most cases from trading for their own profit under a federal rule is named after Paul Volcker, a former Fed chairman who was an adviser to President Barack Obama during the financial crisis. (AP Photo/Chick Harrity) More The most cross-cutting and critical single financial regulation since the Great Depression— the Volcker Rule —was created in the wake of the Great Recession. It’s now being second-guessed...

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    2. Elliott Push Lives on Despite Changed BHP Exposure

      Elliott Push Lives on Despite Changed BHP Exposure

      Paul Singer's Elliott Management has in recent months sold some BHP PLC shares and taken its exposure to the miner through other instruments instead. Bloomberg by Peter Ker Activist investor Elliott Management's exposure to the London half of BHP's dual-listed structure is believed to still be above 5 per cent, despite some recent share sales taking its direct shareholding below the crucial threshold...

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    3. Ackman's Back; Time To Back Ackman Via Pershing Square Holdings

      Ackman's Back; Time To Back Ackman Via Pershing Square Holdings

      When celebrity hedge fund manager Bill Ackman appeared on the cover of Forbes in May 2015 as "Baby Buffett" (above), in retrospect it marked his " Sports Illustrated Curse " moment. Over the past three years, Ackman's perfect billionaire life has seemingly imploded, marred by a huge ($1 billion) short bet gone awry...

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    4. Frustrated With Facebook, Google, Tesla? So Are Their Shareholders

      Frustrated With Facebook, Google, Tesla? So Are Their Shareholders

      Facebook, Google and Tesla shareholders have something in common: They’re not happy with management. In the past week, the three companies’ investors shot down shareholder proposals seeking more accountability from the companies and their leaders. All three companies’ founders own considerable stakes in each of the companies they founded — or have outsize influence — so shareholder proposals are usually an exercise in futility. That may not be unique in the business world...

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    5. At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns

      At Facebook's Annual Meeting, Mark Zuckerberg Stuck to his Talking Points — and Ignored Some of Shareholders' Biggest Concerns
      • At Facebook's annual meeting, company officials faced criticism from investors and a slew of shareholder proposals urging reforms.
      • Addressing concerns about the abuse of Facebook's service, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team repeated talking points they've previously made to the press or in Congress.
      • Zuckerberg and company ignored pointed concerns about the company's governance, a longstanding thorn in the side of many investors...
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    6. Don’t Ignore the Facebook Shareholder Revolt

      Don’t Ignore the Facebook Shareholder Revolt

      The owners of Facebook Inc. are gathering on Thursday in Silicon Valley for an update from management and their annual vote on corporate matters. We already know the results, but that doesn’t make the process irrelevant. In fact, it’s time to pay closer attention to the signs of restive shareholders at big technology companies...

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    7. Shari Redstone’s Endgame for CBS and Viacom is Clear in a New Complaint

      Shari Redstone’s Endgame for CBS and Viacom is Clear in a New Complaint

      The bitterest boardroom battle in recent memory has turned on a series of slights, verbal jousting and a physical altercation involving hands on a face that could determine the futures of both CBS and Viacom. Shari Redstone, the controlling owner of CBS, has filed a complaint against the broadcaster and its chief executive Les Moonves in Delaware Chancery court, outlining her version of events in a saga that has pit the former allies against each other...

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    8. Tesla’s Board Sounds the Retweet

      Tesla’s Board Sounds the Retweet

      Elon Musk’s recent Twitter-lashing of the media has prompted comparisons to President Donald Trump’s “fake news” obsession. For me, though, its sheer variety – encompassing Soviet propaganda, a new Model Y launch date, the Theranos scandal, the lameness of car emoji, and much more – instead brought Steve Bannon to mind, particularly his media strategy:  “flood the zone with shit.”...

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      Mentions: CEO Twitter Theranos
    9. Too Many Conflicts on Super Fund Boards, PC Finds

      Too Many Conflicts on Super Fund Boards, PC Finds

      The PC's Karen Chester does not agree industry super funds are deliberately different from other funds and have 'delivered superior returns on average'. Eddie Jim by Joanna Mather Superannuation funds are not doing enough to manage conflicts of interest, especially those that may arise around the boardroom table , the Productivity Commission says...

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    10. CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures Provide Little More Than Noise for Investors

      CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures Provide Little More Than Noise for Investors

      The new requirement for companies to report how much more their CEOs made than the typical employee may have produced some “oohs” and “aahs,” but that’s about it. If there is anything to glean from all the pay ratio disclosures, it’s that there needs to be more consistency in how they are calculated and reported before they can be useful to investors...

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