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A Big Reason Small-Caps Undertake Bad Financings: Board Composition

Guest Post: Adam J. Epstein is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, the small-cap contributing editor to Directorship magazine, and advises small-cap boards through his firm, Third Creek Advisors. He is the author of The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw-Hill, 2012). A version of this article first […]

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2013 Millstein Forum – Keynote Speaker: Sheila Bair

The following are cryptic notes and a photo taken at the 2013 Millstein Forum held June 24 & 25 at Columbia Law School. Be sure to check out the Forum’s photo gallery. I was probably paying more attention to my table-mates than the speaker but decided to post my note and an extensive interview conducted by Bill Moyers. BofA wasn’t […]

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Reasonable Compensation: We Propose a Role for Investors in Taking on the Income Inequality Challenge

The following is a guest post by Michelle de Cordova, Director, Corporate Engagement & Public Policy, NEI Investments. The article originally appeared on the NEI Investments website and is reproduced here with permission from both the author and the firm. NEI Investments (NEI) is a mutual fund company that “makes excellent, independent portfolio managers accessible to Canadian retail investors through […]

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Corporate Directors Forum: Day 1, Part 2

Below are some relatively quick notes I took at the Corporate Directors Forum 2013, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 27-29, 2013. See materials, Corporate Directors Forum 2013: Bonus Session, and Corporate Directors Forum 2013 – Day 1, Part 1. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in […]

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Finance Watch

The year old public interest association, Finance Watch, has  become a regular at Brussels regulatory events and was described recently as “influential” by the Financial Times. That’s a great start for their ambitious program with its mission to make finance serve society. Wouldn’t that be nice?  (more…)

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Video Friday: Keep Wall St. Occupied

If you can’t occupy Wall Street, you can at least keep Wall Street occupied. Help Occupy Wall Street–and get rid of junk mail while you do it, using those handy “business reply” envelopes that show up unwanted at your doorstep. The idea is to “keep Wall Street occupied” by organizing a mass movement of consumers to […]

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Bank Pay Worse?

According to a soon to be released report by The Corporate Library for CII, some financial firms actually rewarded executives after the crisis with “massive salary increases,” including four Wells Fargo & Co. officials who saw their base salary at least triple from 2008 to 2009, according to the report. Wells Fargo, Citigroup Inc. and […]

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Banking Pay

Sanjai Bhagat and Brian J. Bolton study the executive compensation structure in the largest 14 U.S. financial institutions during 2000-2008 for their paper, Investment Bankers’ Culture of Ownership? Their results are mostly consistent with and supportive of the findings of Bebchuk, Cohen and Spamann (2010), that is, managerial incentives matter – incentives generated by executive […]

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Banking on Governance

Leverage and Risk in US Commercial Banking in the Light of the Current Financial Crisis (available from SSRN) by Christian C.P. Wolff and Nikolaos I. Papanikolaou examines the relationship between leverage and risk in US commercial banking market. From their abstract: Our findings indicate reliably that both on- and off-balance-sheet leverage contributes to (systemic) risk, […]

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