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Agency Capitalism: Corrective Measures (Part 1)

In their recent paper, The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism: Activist Investors and the Revaluation of Governance Rights, Ronald J. Gilson and Jeffrey N. Gordon (January 1, 2013) argue that proposed reforms to accelerate disclosure of equity positions and prohibit certain derivatives would discourage the vital role of activist shareowners. Below, I argue in support of their position […]

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Kay Review Recommendations

The UK backed Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making was commissioned by Business Secretary Vince Cable after the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft, which many thought was driven by short-term investors.  After examination the Report made several recommendations that could improve the long-term focus fund returns if properly implemented. (more…)

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Simply Requiring Explanation May Make the Difference in CSR

Sigrid Rausing, founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, reports that a UK ethical investment research body, EIRIS, launched a report on a FTSE100 mining company, Vedanta Resources, at a seminar attended by some of the UK’s leading fund managers. The company has come under international scrutiny for its plans to mine bauxite in the Indian […]

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