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Global Tax Reform and Transparency Urged

Investors Back Global Tax Reform and Transparency

In a global first, a group of institutional asset owners and managers are jointly calling for comprehensive transparency and disclosure to be adopted as core principles in reform of the international taxation system to be put before the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane this weekend. The group including the £150B UK Local Authority Pension Fund […]

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H&R Block (HRB): Proxy Vote Score 54

H&R Block $HRB, which provides tax preparation and related services to the general public, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their next annual meeting is September 11, 2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 9/7/2014. I also checked the votes of OTPP and CalSTRS. All advance disclosers that I know of […]

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CalHR Savings Plus

Savings Plus: Transparent Proxy Voting Needed

I’ve previously written two posts on California’s Savings Plus program and how one major contractor, Northern Trust has voted. (Part I & Part II) Below, I compare the votes of Northern Trust on proxy proposals with those recommended by the AFL-CIO. A similar exercise could be performed at any deferred compensation plan.  Shareholders have voting rights, […]

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CalHR Savings Plus

California’s Savings Plus: Better Proxy Voting Disclosure Needed Part II

This is the second of a two part series. Part I discussed proxy voting at Savings Plus, as compared with at CalPERS.  CalHR’s Current RFP for Savings Plus CalHR recently released a Request for Proposal (RFP 700-14-01) seeking bids for investment management services for Savings Plus. Unfortunately, the RFP fails to require Savings Plus participants be informed […]

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Proxy Insight

Help Wanted: Jobs in Corporate Governance

Proxy Insight, a brand new service providing the most comprehensive information on the actual voting behaviour of key global shareholders, is currently recruiting for a number of positions as outlined below. If you are interested in applying please send your CV and covering letter to careers@proxyinsight.com: (more…)

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Announcing Proxy Votes Improves Corporate Governance

Yesterday, I posted a recent letter to the editor of Pensions & Investments praising their editorial, Winning Over Proxy Voters, which argues that institutional investors have a fiduciary duty to announce their proxy votes in advance of annual meetings, if doing so is likely to influence voters. If institutional investors heed their call, it will speed […]

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P&I Proxy Voters Cartoon re fiduciary duty

Letter to P&I Re Fiduciary Duty Editorial

Below is an email I sent to Pensions & Investments (P&I) editorial chief Barry Burr praising their editorial enhancing fiduciary duty and opining on how it may speed the arrival of the time when retail investors will vote their values with the simple push of a button or two on their cell phones. I will follow […]

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CMG Shareowners Vote Down Pay & Supermajority Requirements

Just a brief post to thank shareowners at Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) for sending a strong message to the company’s board and management.  77% of shares were voted against the executive pay package and a majority supported our proposal to end supermajority voting requirements. CalSTRS, Florida SBA, AFSCME, Calvert, Domini, Trillium, CBIS, CtW and many […]

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Take Action: Join Nader's Penny Brigade

Some have argued that Ralph Nader started socially responsible shareholder activism with Campaign GM, when the group filed shareholder proposals to expand GM’s board to include consumer advocates and empower shareholders to place their board nominees on GM’s proxy ballot (proxy access).  According to a recent article in the WSJ, the longtime consumer advocate is now putting […]

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Corporate Governance: the Focus for a New Type of Activist Investor

Guest post from Josh Black, Financial Journalist for Activist Insight Ltd., which “aims to provide the most comprehensive global information source on activist investment.” Traditional activists were essentially value investors, but that profile might be changing. Carl Icahn has long championed the interests of shareholders. Yet even many who had watched him for years were surprised by […]

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2013 Millstein Forum: Dual-Class Structures, Pro and Con

Sorry to be late and abbreviated in getting out my coverage of this great forum. Be sure to check out the Forum’s photo gallery, which contains many more and much better shots than what I took between notes and conversations. The second panel discussed the growing issue of dual-class stock structures. While there was considerable […]

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Stratasys Ltd $SSYS – Proxy Score 90

Stratasys Ltd $SSYS is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/21/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/18/2013.  I voted with management 90% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. I’m busy on vacation, so have no time to analyze my proxy. Instead, I’m simply trusting that CalSTRS […]

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Netflix Needs Proxy Access – Proxy Score 10 Out of 100

Netflix, Inc. ($NFLX) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/7/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/25/2013. I voted with management only 10% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. NFLX is another supposedly high-tech company with no hyperlinks in their proxy statement. In fact, they don’t even include […]

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Cognizant Technology Solutions $CTSH – Proxy Score 75

Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/4/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/23/2013.  I voted with management 75% of the time.  View Proxy Statement.  Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in […]

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Tesla Motors $TSLA – Proxy Score 33

Tesla Motors (TSLA) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/4/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/26/2013.  I voted with management 33% of the time.  View Proxy Statement.  Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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Ellie Mae Inc $ELLI: Proxy Score 40

Ellie Mae Inc (ELLI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/29/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/19/2013.  I voted with management 40% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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American Tower Corp (AMT): Proxy Score 100

American Tower Corp ($AMT) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/13/2013.  I voted with management 100% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Proxy Score 90

3D Systems Corporation ($DDD) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/13/2013.  I voted with management 90% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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My Notes from Ceres Conference 2013

Let’s just label these notes as “for entertainment purposes only.” Attending the conference was a real pleasure. Unfortunately, I was too busy catching up with people to take more than impressionistic notes at a few of the discussions. Prepare to be frightened about global climate change and our irresponsibly slow pace addressing the catastrophic consequences […]

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How I Voted: ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) – Proxy Score 50%

ITC Holdings Corp. ($ITC) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/15/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/9/2013.  I voted with management 50% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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How I Voted: Marriott International Inc (MAR) – Proxy Score 93%

Marriott International Inc ($MAR) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/10/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/3/2013.  I voted with management 93% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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How I Voted: MSCI – Proxy Score 100%

MSCI ($MSCI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/1/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of only one fund when I checked on 4/25/2013, so I also took a quick look at OTPP’s vote.  I voted with management 100% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. […]

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How I Voted: Kimberly Clark (KMB) – Score 64%

Kimberly Clark ($KMB) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/2/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of five funds when I checked on 4/26/2013. I voted with management 64% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of […]

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How I Voted: Canadian National Railway (CNI) – Proxy Score 13%

Canadian National Railway ($CNI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/23/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 4/21/2013.  I voted with management 13% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank will be voted […]

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Guns and Divestment

The California Constitution provides that the Legislature may, by statute, prohibit retirement board investments if in the public interest and providing the prohibition satisfies specified fiduciary standards. Current law prohibits the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS from investing public employee retirement funds in a company with active business operations in Sudan and Iran, as specified. AB […]

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Substantial Votes for Better Governance at Disney (DIS)

Yesterday, CalSTRS issued the following statement regarding its votes at the Walt Disney Company Annual Shareholder Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. This statement is attributable to CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance, Anne Sheehan. CalSTRS, holder of more than five million shares of The Walt Disney Company stock, congratulates Disney on its most recent stock performance under […]

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Walt Disney (DIS): How I Voted – Proxy Score 17

The Walt Disney Company ($DIS) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 3/06/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked on 2/26/2012. I added CalSTRS below, which announced their votes earlier.  I voted with management 17% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote […]

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