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Amazon 2018 Proxy: Rigging the Vote Count

Amazon 2018 annual meeting is May 30th. View proxy. I do not have time to go through my usual voting rationale. I am too busy with companies where I have a proposal. However, I want to bring to your attention a very important proposal from Bruce Herbert at Newground Social Investments, starting at page 18. The topic is vote counting for shareholder proposals and it goes to the heart of democracy, or lack thereof, at Amazon. Vote today, especially for item 6. Do no let Amazon’s Board rig the vote. Continue Reading →

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PayPal Holdings Proxy Recommendations

PayPal Holdings (PYPL), operates as a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. Its payment solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and Paydiant products.

Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 100+ pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I am voting and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years, have values aligned with mine, and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read it), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts. The annual meeting is coming up on May 23, 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 44% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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Intel Proxy Voting Recommendations

Intel Corporation (INTC), designs, manufactures, and sells computer, networking, data storage, and communication platforms worldwide. Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 100+ pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I am voting and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years, have values aligned with mine, and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read it), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts. The annual meeting is coming up on May 17, 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 53% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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Invesco Proxy Voting Guide

Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) provides investment management services to retail clients, institutional clients, high-net worth clients, public entities, corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, endowments, foundations, pension funds, financial institutions, and sovereign wealth funds. 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 am voting and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read it), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts.

The annual meeting is coming up on May 10 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 35% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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Gilead Sciences Proxy Voting Guide

Gilead Sciences (GILD), a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes therapeutics in the areas of unmet medical needs in the United States, Europe, and internationally. Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 80+ pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I voted and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read my rationale), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts.

The annual meeting is coming up on May 9 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 61% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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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 am voting and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read it), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts.

The annual meeting is coming up on April 27, 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 35% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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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 tell you how I am voting and why. If you have read these posts related to my portfolio for the last 22 years and trust my judgment (or you don’t want to take the time to read it), go immediately to see how I voted my ballot. Voting will take you only a minute or two and every vote counts.

The annual meeting is coming up on April 25, 2018. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 48% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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Caterpillar Inc Proxy Voting Guide

Caterpillar Inc Proxy Statement

Caterpillar Inc Proxy Voting Guide by CorpGov.net

Sorry, this Caterpillar Inc Proxy Voting Guide comes late, since tomorrow is the last day to vote unless you attend the annual meeting. Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives for heavy and general construction, rental, quarry, aggregate, mining, waste, material handling, oil and gas, power generation, marine, rail, and industrial markets. Caterpillar is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked and voted on the last day. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 14, 2017.

I voted FOR our proposal to reduce the threshold required to hold a special meeting. See how and why I voted other items below. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 70% of the time. View Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system (look for DEF 14A). Continue Reading →

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Wells Fargo Bank: Independent Board Chair (Update)

Wells Fargo Bank

Update: Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced that its Board of Directors has amended the Company’s By-Laws to require the separation of the Chairman and CEO roles and for the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board to be independent directors.  The Board approved the By-Law amendments, which are effective immediately, on November 29, 2016. According to Stephen Sanger, Chairman of the Board,

The Board previously acted to elect an independent Chairman to lead the Board and we believe formalizing this structure is the right decision at this time for the Company and its investors, customers, and team members. Efforts to restore the trust of our customers and team members are well underway and will continue until we have fully addressed the issues surrounding retail banking sales practices.  While the investigation of these practices and related matters by the independent directors continues in earnest, we believe this action will enhance the Board’s independence and its oversight of the Company’s management, and we appreciate the feedback that we received from our investors on this matter.

As a result the investors who had filed a resolution calling for such a policy are planning to withdraw their resolution and support this new governance reform.  They have also scheduled a call with the new chair to discuss other governance concerns. (prior post below)

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Reeds Inc: Proposals Due Monday – Update

Chris Reed of Reeds Inc: What Happened to Culture Club Kombucha?

Chris Reed of Reeds Inc: What Happened to Culture Club Kombucha?

Update 7/12/2016: Reeds Inc received two faxed proposals from two shareholders before the deadline for submissions. It looks like shareholders will get to vote on both proxy access and creating an independent chairman. Maybe shareholders can help to turn our company around. Institutional investors only hold about 14% of Reeds Inc and insiders hold 26%, so retail shareholders will need to do the heavy lifting. We’d better get in shape. Hope springs eternal; stock up over 6% for the day.

Reeds Inc doesn’t have their annual meeting until December but proxy proposals are due Monday. I’m submitted a proposal on proxy access but almost submitted a proposal to split the chair and CEO positions. Reeds Inc really needs both. I’m hoping another shareholder will submit a proposal to split the chair and CEO positions. If you own shares in Reeds Inc but aren’t sure how to file a proposal, check out our Shareowner Action Handbook. Still can’t figure it out how to submit a proposal or want some help? Please get in touch. I would be happy to help.

In preparation for December’s annual meeting, I’ll be building more arguments about why change is needed at Reeds Inc but the following are a few thoughts off the top of my head. Continue Reading →

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JPMorgan Chase: Proxy Score 47

JPMorganJPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM, $JPM)  is a financial holding company. The Company is engaged in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. The annual meeting is coming up on May 17, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund family when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, compensation committee; FOR all shareholder proposals. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 53% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Continue Reading →

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UNP – Union Pacific: Proxy Score 47

UNPUNP – Union Pacific ($UNP), operates through its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad Company. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 12, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, compensation committee; FOR both shareholder proposals: #4 execs to retain stock and #5 transition to an independent chair. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 47% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Continue Reading →

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Boeing Co: Proxy Score 53

Boeing CoBoeing Co (NYSE:BA, $BA) operates through five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA), Network & Space Systems (N&SS), Global Services & Support (GS&S) and Boeing Capital (BCC). It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 2, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of 1 fund when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, compensation committee; FOR proposals on lobbying, special meeting, independent chair; ABSTAIN on Isreal. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 53% of the time. View Proxy Statement.

Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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American Express Company: Proxy Score 38

American Express CompanyAmerican Express Company (NYSE:AXP, $AXP) provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 2, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee, incentive plan, overboarded director. FOR all other items in the proxy, including shareholder proposals. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 88% of the time. View Proxy Statement.

Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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ATT: Proxy Score 50

ATTATT, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) provides telecommunications and digital entertainment services through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility, and International. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on April 29, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked. I voted AGAINST the pay plan, compensation committee, and stock plan. Vote FOR independent chair, disclose lobbying and political contributions. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 50% of the time. View Proxy Statement.

Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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JNJ: Proxy Score 53

JNJJNJ, Johnson&Johnson (NYSE: $JNJ) researches, develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide through three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on April 28, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked. I voted AGAINST the pay plan, compensation committee & favoring share buybacks. Vote FOR independent chair, disclose lobbying and report on drug take-back programs. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 53% of the time. View Proxy Statement.

Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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GE – General Electric: Proxy Score 58

GEGE, General Electric Company (NYSE:$GE) is a diversified infrastructure and financial services company with products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, oil and gas production equipment, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on April 27, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of zero funds when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay plan, compensation committee, proposals on Performance-Based Equity Awards & Country Selection. Vote FOR report on lobbying, independent chair, and Holy Land Principles – voting with the Board’s recommendations 58% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Continue Reading →

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FedEx: How I Voted – Proxy Score 38

FedExFedEx 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 doesn’t seem to be scraping their votes. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 38% of the time. View Proxy StatementContinue Reading →

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Home Depot: Proxy Score 79

Home DepotHome Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), one of the stocks in my portfolio, sells a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement products and lawn and garden products and provides a number of services. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 5/14/2015. I voted with management 79% of the time and assigned Home Depot a proxy score of 79.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Home Depot 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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Union Pacific Corporation: Proxy Score 50

Union PacificUnion Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Union Pacific is primarily a railroad operator. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/14/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/7/2015. I voted with management 50% of the time and assigned Union Pacific a proxy score of 50.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Union Pacific 2015 proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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Gilead Sciences (GILD): Proxy Score 41

Gilead SciencesGilead Sciences $GILD is one of the stocks in my portfolio. They are a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/6/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2015. I voted with management 47% of the time and assigned Gilead Sciences a proxy score of 47. Continue Reading →

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Boeing Co (BA): Proxy Score 47

BoeingBoeing Co (BA), which designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/27/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the vote of one fund when I checked and voted on 4/21/2015. I voted with management 47% of the time and assigned Boeing a proxy score of 47. Continue Reading →

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To Split or Not to Split? Independent Chair Proposals at Disney & Starbucks

Proxy MosaicThere has been much controversy in recent years surrounding the dual role of chair and CEO. The number of independent chair shareholder proposals seeking to separate the two positions has increased significantly and continues to rise. Both Disney and Starbucks have faced this issue in the past and shareholders once again have proposed to split the roles of chairman and CEO.

Will the momentum behind the independent chair proposals be enough to carry the vote? Or will Disney’s and Starbucks’ recent positive performance shield them from the ire of corporate gadflies? Can a combined chair-CEO truly be subject to adequate oversight?

Join Proxy Mosaic in a free webinar as they host a panel of experts to explore and debate these important issues. Continue Reading →

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Video Friday: Coca-Cola Needs an Independent Chair

KOThe Coca-Cola Company recently announced it would change its equity compensation plan, bowing to pressure from Wintergreen Advisers and other investors who saw the plan as harmful to Coca-Cola shareholders.

With its announcement, Coca-Cola finally conceded that the equity compensation plan it put to a vote of shareholders in April was outrageously excessive and inconsistent with past plans. This has been Wintergreen Advisers’ publicly expressed view since we first read Coca-Cola’s proxy statement in March of this year. Continue Reading →

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