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Charles Schwab 2022 Proxy Access

Charles Schwab 2022 Proxy Access

Charles Schwab 2022 annual meeting is on May 17, 2022, at 11:30 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since they have made it very difficult to vote at the meeting and maybe even to enter the meeting. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Ellis, […]

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AT&T Inc 5 years of destroying shareholder value

AT&T Inc Proxy Voting Recommendation

AT&T Inc (T) provides communications and digital entertainment services. The company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility, and International. Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 70 pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I […]

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General Electric 5 years compared to Nasdaq

General Electric Proxy Voting Recommendation

General Electric Company (GE), operates as a digital industrial company worldwide. It operates through Power, Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Lighting, and Capital segments. Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 70 pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I […]

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Weekend Reads

There have been plenty of excellent articles on important corporate governance issues. Here are a few that caught my eye: One Cure for Accounting Shenanigans, WSJ, 1/14/2012. Jason Zweig writes convincingly about the importance of audit rotation but don’t miss the comments where I suggest a third way that involves a free market approach that […]

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HP on Three Fronts

First, through several meetings, I heard HP was a likely target for a proxy access proposal. Then in November they appointed Ralph Whitworth to the board. See statement from CalSTRS. So, maybe that issue is off the table for now. Looking at the SEC’s no-action letters, I see this from November 18th (more…)

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Make Auditors Work for ShareOwners: Take Action

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) published a concept release that asks for public input on how to get auditors to become more independent, more objective, and more skeptical – and especially whether a mandatory rotation system for audit firms would achieve that objective. While mandatory rotation has been considered and dismissed in the […]

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Why Routinely Approve Auditors?

Ever since the demise of Enron, I’ve wondered why the vote by shareowners to approve auditors is considered such a routine nonevent. Ask anyone who used to work for former big five firm Arthur Andersen LLP. Yet, “ratification” of auditors remains among the last holdouts of broker voting. Who watches the watchers in the world of […]

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