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SSgA critical of GHG short-term

SSgA Critical of GHG Short-Term Disclosures

SSgA critical of GHG short-term perspective offered up by oil and gas, mining and utility disclosures on addressing greenhouse gas emissions. If we are to maintain a salubrious environment, much of the coal and oil will turn out to be stranded assets. Given that reality, I reallocated most positions I had in this sector to […]

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directors forum 2019

Directors Forum 2019

What follows are quick takes, with many incomplete sentences, from the recent Directors Forum 2019 held in San Diego. These are highlights from the notes of one participant, from my perspective as a shareholder advocate. If you attended, I am sure you have different takeaways. Please share them as comments. Like all Directors Forums, this one […]

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Glass Lewis 2018 Proxy Advice Update

Glass Lewis 2018 Proxy Advice Update

Glass Lewis 2019 proxy advice updates address many issues. See 2019 Proxy Paper Guidelines: An Overview of the Glass Lewis Approach to Proxy Advice. I have reproduced much of the summary of changes below, leaving off the section discussing clarifying amendments. One that stands out for our small group of so-called ‘gadflies’ addresses our concern […]

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Directors Forum 2018 venue

Directors Forum 2018: Best Stakeholder Interactions

Directors Forum 2018: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue brings together investors, directors and management to engage in open, off-the-record dialogue about today’s pressing governance issues. Speakers will put a spotlight on the escalating impact of “corporate culture” on business success. Hosted by Corporate Directors Forum, Directors Forum 2018 will be held on January 21-23, […]

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Richard Bookstaber

CII: Richard Bookstaber – Dynamic Risk Models

Richard Bookstaber: Human Complexity and the Financial Markets Richard Bookstaber discusses value at risk modeling — easily the most illuminating talk at #CIIFall2017. It was certainly statistics aimed at the layperson. However, in listening to him, I was glad I completed by PhD comprehensive in statistics 35 years ago.  I scribbled a few notes. Although I can’t […]

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David R. Koenig, Founding Principal, The Governance Fund & Author of Moneyball Corporate Governance

Moneyball Corporate Governance

Moneyball Corporate Governance: making the best use of what limited capital is available – just like what the Oakland A’s had to do with their limited payroll. In the mid-1980s, New York Mets manager Davey Johnson was among the first in professional baseball to realize the advantage that could be gained by using computers and statistics […]

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Norges Bank responsible-investment-2015

Norges Bank: Responsible Investment

Norges Bank published their second annual report on responsible investment of the Government Pension Fund Global. They clarified expectations towards companies in 2015 and are creating a model I hope many will follow The report provides a comprehensive review of work by Norges Bank on responsible investment in the management of the fund. Key areas […]

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Plundered Nations? Successes and Failures in Natural Resource Extraction

Rethink Resource Extraction

Norway’s Resource Extraction The Government Pension Fund Global (Norges, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund), is one of the world’s largest funds initially funded by resource extraction.  Learn about its history, objective and management in the video clip below. The fund is saving for the future generations in Norway; where is the American equivalent? To achieve broad […]

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Risk and Return

CIO Perspectives: Capital at Risk

Here are more of my notes and photos from the Council of Institutional Investors Fall 2015 Conference in Boston. I added the subtitle to the name of this session, which mostly explored managing risk in low-return environment but touched on many additional topics. Feel free to post corrections, counterpoints and additional relevant material on topic, using […]

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Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences (GILD): Proxy Score 41

Gilead 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 […]

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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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Violating Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Increases Industry Risks

A new report finds that US extractive companies expose shareholders to risks by neglecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights First Peoples Worldwide released the Indigenous Rights Risk Report at the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, a product of two years of consultations with investment analysts, industry professionals, and Indigenous Peoples. The report analyzes 52 U.S. oil, gas, […]

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Directors Responsibilities In Canada

Video Friday: Directors Responsibilities in Canada

Leaders from Osler and the Institute of Corporate Directors discuss the evolution of corporate governance and the release of Directors Responsibilities in Canada – a guide to understanding and fulfilling director responsibilities. Although written for Canada, it has general applicability worldwide. After the video, I suggest a couple of additional books. (more…)

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GlynHolton

Video Friday: The First Mutual Funds

Glyn Holton interviews Michael Yogg, author of the new book Passion for Reality: The Extraordinary Life of the Investing Pioneer Paul Cabot (Columbia Business School Publishing). Its about Paul Cabot, a pioneer of the mutual fund industry. In 1920s Boston, Cabot cofounded State Street Investment Corporation, one of the first open-ended mutual funds. (more…)

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GMI Incorporates Trucost Data into Analyst Platform

GMI and Trucost announced a strategic partnership to incorporate Trucost environmental performance data into the GMI Analyst research platform. The agreement strengthens GMI’s existing governance analysis and will enable GMI clients – leading institutional investors, banks, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations – to incorporate a measure of environmental risk alongside traditional financial metrics. (more…)

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Alert: Cyberonics (CYBX)

Cyberonics, Inc.’s stock has gained since the neurological device maker announced earnings growth in the three months ended July 27. But, according to GMIRatings, results may reflect a view through rose colored glasses.   (more…)

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Modeling Black Swans

GMI Ratings has long maintained that the increasing frequency of Black Swan events in capital markets will continue to challenge traditional approaches to risk modeling and portfolio management. For at least the past two decades, doubts have been mounting about the ability of classical economic theories and portfolio management philosophies to reliably describe, explain or […]

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Risky Music and Investment Managers

Economic theorists have suggested the possibility that preferences are dynamic and vary with environmental conditions. Are Risk-Preferences Dynamic? Within-Subject Variation in Risk-Taking as a Function of Background Music investigates such preference interactions as a possible explanation to why risk preferences can change. (more…)

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Emotional Intelligence

We need to do a better job of evaluating the emotional competency or our leaders. “A fine balance has to be maintained between technical and emotional competency of the individual and organization objectives and culture, wrote Sonia Jaspal back in 11/16/2011. Here is an excerpt from her argument, which deserves wider circulation.  (more…)

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Corporate Directors Forum 2012, Part 8: Risk

These are some relatively quick notes that I’m sharing from the Corporate Directors Forum 2012, held at the University of San Diego, January 22-24, 2012. This post may be a cryptic… incomplete sentences bt hopefully mor intelligible thN txt msgN or Tweets. (more…)

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Don't Be the Next JinkoSolar – Ceres Offers Aqua Gauge For Risk Management

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. got sued on 10/11/2011. The plaintiff firm is Sianni & Straite LLP. According to a press release dated October 11, 2011, the Plaintiffs allege violations of the federal securities laws in connection with false statements released surrounding its IPO. Based in the People’s Republic of China, the Company launched an IPO in the United States […]

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