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Mutual Fund Wars

Mutual Fund Wars Over Fees AND Proxy Votes

Mutual fund wars are fierce around pricing. What if competition was also fierce around proxy voting? Could that change the world? I certainly think so. My petition to the SEC could generate mutual fund wars around ensuring proxy votes align with investor values. (Rulemaking Petition for Real-Time Disclosure of Proxy Votes, SEC File 4-748, Jul. […]

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Rulemaking Petition for Real-Time Disclosure of Proxy Votes

Petition for Real-Time Disclosure of Proxy Votes

Petition for Real-Time Disclosure of Proxy Votes Abstract: Corporations have facilitated the most dynamic economic growth in history. Addressing adverse externalities, like dark money and climate change, has been hampered by dispersed ownership. Mechanisms are needed to define common values and increase individual empowerment within corporate dominated economies. Ironically, recent concentration of corporate ownership by […]

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Index Funds - Jill Fisch

Jill Fisch: Index Funds Investors Can Switch

Jill Fisch, et al. addresses a central myth around index funds and investors in Passive Investors (June 29, 2018). Her research has implications applicable to recent analysis and recommendations by Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., Professor Lucian Bebchuk and others.  The following is the central highlight: Our key insight is that although […]

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Trump’s LL Bean Political Contributions

Do not make the same mistake as LL Bean. The last thing I want is to turn CorpGov.net into another social media outlet on Donald Trump. However, the advice offered today by Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability (CPA), is something public company boards should be discussing as they try to stay on […]

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#ICGN16

#ICGN16: Part 1

#ICGN16 was the hashtag for tweeting about the 2016 annual meeting of the International Corporate Governance Network held in San Francisco, June 27 – 29th, 2016. Check Twitter for additional posts to #ICGN16. What follows are a few of my rough notes from the conference. Accuracy for details isn’t one of my noted strengths, so […]

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lobbying disclosure

Lobbying Disclosure Sought by Investors

Lobbying disclosure is sought by shareholder resolutions filed at 50 companies by 66 institutional and individual investors. Corporate lobbying disclosure remains a top shareholder proposal topic for 2016. At least 66 investors have filed proposals at 50 companies asking for lobbying reports that include federal and state lobbying payments, payments to trade associations used for […]

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FDX

FedEx: How I Voted – Proxy Score 38

FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) provides a portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services under the FedEx brand and is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their next annual meeting is September 28, 2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted. I also picked up the votes of CalSTRS in my table below, since ProxyDemocracy […]

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Governance, Disclosure and Share Price

Good corporate governance means quicker, more frequent disclosures to the stock market. Or does it? The evidence varies by country, and in our research we wanted to check the relationship. We used cross-country data from 23 OECD countries, firms with financial years ending between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2008. We looked at company […]

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Citizens United and Pay 2 Play

Investors Seek Disclosure of Corporate Lobbying Expenses

Resolutions Filed at 53 Companies Disclosure of corporate lobbying expenses remain top shareholder proposal topics for 2015, as more than 60 investors have filed proposals with more than 50 companies asking for reports that include federal and state lobbying payments, political contributions and/or payments to trade associations used for lobbying and payments to any tax-exempt […]

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OECD

OECD’s Draft Updated Principles Support Proxy Access

The OECD is inviting public comment on its draft updated Principles of Corporate Governance – last updated in 2004. These principles (first published in 1999) have long been among the most influential sources of corporate governance guidelines for regulators, stock exchanges, investors and companies world-wide, and continue to be referenced as a benchmark for good governance practices. (more…)

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CII Issues “Best-in-Class” Board Evaluation Disclosure

This recently released CII report highlights two suggested alternative approaches to company disclosure of the board evaluation process. The suggestions are based on CII’s informal survey of its members for “best-in-class” disclosure from 2013 and 2014 proxy statements. CII acknowledges that most companies have a board self-evaluation process and disclose that fact in their proxy statements, but indicates that investors […]

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Take Action: SEC-IAC Report on Impartiality Stops Short

The Investor as Owner Subcommittee of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee (SEC-IAC) established pursuant to Section 911 of the Dodd-Frank Act issued a report on Impartiality in the Disclosure of Preliminary Voting Results. The recommendations will be discussed at a meeting on October 9, 2014. When: Thursday, October 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Who: Investor […]

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P&I Proxy Voters Cartoon re fiduciary duty

Research Design: Advance Proxy Vote Disclosers

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Council of Institutional Investors Fall 2014 Conference: Meeting Availability, I’m encouraging a research project looking into the impact that funds announcing their proxy votes in advance have or can have. I’ve joined with Pensions&Investments in arguing funds have a fiduciary duty to make such advance proxy vote disclosures when that could influence the outcome. […]

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SEBI's New Disclosure Guidelines for Mutual Funds

Guest post from Shriram Subramanian, founder of InGovern Research Services with the objective of facilitating shareholder activism by institutional investors and thereby enhancing corporate governance in India. Proxy Advisory Services, Corporate Governance Research, Risk Monitoring, and Proxy Services. India’s SEBI, through a circular dated March 24th, 2014, released a new set of disclosure guidelines to be followed by mutual funds. These […]

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Take Action: Comments on SEC Pay Ratio Rule Due 12/2/2013

The deadline for submitting comments on the SEC’s proposed pay ratio disclosure is coming up quickly on December 2, 2013. SEC general comment instructions. Submit Comments on S7-07-13 Pay Ratio Disclosure. Get your comments in soon, before Thanksgiving. Another advantage to earlier submittal is that those who wait for the deadline are likely to borrow from previous […]

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Investors Call on Food Companies to Stay out of Washington State GMO Battle

Companies that gave $46 million to stop California GMO labeling risk negative brand reputation if they fund effort to stop I-522 initiative for transparent labeling of food. Companies that donated funds to oppose ballot initiatives to require the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are facing new pressure from shareholders to stay out of future […]

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Wal-Mart Stores $WMT – Proxy Score 57

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/6/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/31/2013.  I voted with management 57% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. (more…)

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Review Essay: Citizens DisUnited

Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream both delights and informs as only Robert A.G. Monks can. No one else writes so well about topics like “How CEOs and the Business Roundtable Hijacked the World’s Greatest Wealth Machine” and those in the current volume because no one else has been as engaged […]

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Nell Minow: The Unfinished Business of Corporate Governance

Writing in the March/April edition of The Corporate Board, Nell Minow titles her latest bit of advice, The Unfinished Business of Corporate Governance. Here’s the lead in: After a decade of frantic corporate governance reform, business leaders may believe that governance has reached the pinnacle of responsibility and effectiveness. Not so fast, says Nell Minow, […]

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Agency Capitalism: Corrective Measures (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a post which started out reviewing the important thesis outlined in The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism: Activist Investors and the Revaluation of Governance Rights by Ronald J. Gilson and Jeffrey N. Gordon (January 1, 2013). See Agency Capitalism: Corrective Measures Part 1 and Part 3. Current law encourages mindless indexing of portfolios and voting like lemmings […]

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Goldman Sachs (GS): How I Voted – Proxy Score 13

Goldman Sachs ($GS) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/24/2012. Voting ends 5/23 on Moxy Vote’s proxy voting platform, which had 13 recommendations “from good causes,” but five are actually consolidations, when I checked and voted on 5/21. ProxyDemocracy.org had  funds voting.  I voted with management 13% of the time. (more…)

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Proxy Votes Leaked for Cash & Gifts

According to the New York Post (Advisory firm employee leaking shareholder voting data, whistleblower claims, a “whistle-blower” complaint has been lodged with the SEC against a midlevel employee in ISS’s Boston office who “has been (more…)

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Regulatory Weakening of Disclosure Opposed

I was delighted to see a post from the new contributor to theCorporateCounsel.net, Suzanne Rothwell, that actually took a strong stand against a House measure, which would boost the number of shareholders that trigger registration to 1000 shareholders (up from 500) and would “exclude employees and accredited investors from the calculation. This is a surprising initiative […]

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Exxon Mobil: Voting Recommendations

AFSCME and RAM Trust urge shareowners to rein in CEO Pay, implement governance improvements at their May 25 meeting. AFSCME and RAM Trust recommend: Against ratifying executive pay (Item 3) For One Year frequency of the advisory vote on compensation (Item 4) Adopt a policy that the XOM Board Chair be an independent (more…)

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CalPERS Expands Agent Disclosures

CalPERS expands agent disclosure policy – Sacramento Business, Housing Market News | Sacramento Bee, 11/18/2010. All contractors of $10,000 or higher will now be required to disclose whether they’re using agents, or middlemen, to secure pension fund business.

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Comply or Explain: Good for Institutional Shareowners Too

South Africa’s Business Reports (Draft code requires institutions to disclose voting, 9/2/10) says “a draft copy of the institutional shareholder code for responsible investing was released for discussion yesterday. The code, which requires public disclosure of voting records and policies, is set to have a significant impact on the way in which the country’s R1.5 […]

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CorpGov Bites

“In many ways, 2010 is the Foundation Proxy Season. By next year, the world will be changed. It is likely that both say-on-pay and proxy-access measures will be mandated. Directors will undoubtedly face greater scrutiny and more challenges than ever before. As a result of these impending challenges, boards must use the 2010 season to […]

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