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Andrew Clearfield

Why do Target Shareholders Buy into Mergers and Acquisitions?

Guest Post: Andrew Clearfield is an internationally-known investment manager, corporate governance expert, and independent corporate director. He founded Investment Initiatives LLC in 2005 to aid institutions engaging with portfolio companies, as well as coordinating their efforts with other concerned investors.  Looking at a range of research reports, it seems conservative to say that at least half […]

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Executive Pay

Pay continues to be the biggest issue this proxy season. The May 17 edition of Pirc Alert had several articles on point. In “A challenge to high pay” they discuss some of the findings by the High Pay Commission. Here’s a few choice tidbits from the Commission’s report: attempts to link top pay with company performance […]

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DC Plans and Employee Input

The UK’s industry-led Investment Governance Group (IGG) recently published a best practice guidance for defined contribution (DC) pensions, which include six principles for DC schemes designed to encourage better investment governance and decision making by all stakeholders, including trustees, employers, advisers, providers, and members. As I glance at this guidance it makes me realize how […]

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Question Re Broker Letter Dates: Collective Work

I see this blog as something of a collective work, since it started out as an internet site that simply shared a bunch of bookmarks and corporate governance items that needed attention. This post continues in that tradition and mainly goes out to those of you who have been submitting shareowner proposals for many years. […]

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Don't Touch that Receipt!

The plastic component bisphenol A (BPA) has been in the headlines nonstop as scientists, health experts and consumers press for a federal ban on food packaging made with this synthetic estrogen, shown to leach readily into infant formula, beverages and canned food. But most Americans are probably unaware that they are regularly exposed to the […]

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Tops in Corporate Governance Scores

GovernanceMetrics International identified the 20 U.S. companies in its database of more than 4,100 with the best corporate governance scores based on six broad categories: board accountability, financial disclosure and internal controls, shareholder rights, remuneration, market for control and corporate behavior. The 20 companies are as follows in alphabetical order: American Electric Power, Baxter International, […]

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