Equality in executive pay is not always fair

 24 May 2017

"High and unwarranted executive pay is an issue that needs to be addressed for the benefit of society as a whole." So said the UK parliament's business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee in its recent report on corporate governance, reflecting the mood of the times.

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FTSE companies avoid shareholder wrath on pay at AGMs

 12 May 2017

 

Ahead of this year's shareholder meeting season, investors predicted more fiery and confrontational exchanges than in previous years, as they prepared to take a stand against high executive pay.

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Price of alternative investment companies hotly debated

19 March 2017

 

The acquisition of Fortress, the US asset manager, for $3.3bn by SoftBank, the Japanese technology giant, has sparked fresh debate over the pricetags attached to alternative investment companies.

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Investors plan tough action to tackle excessive corporate pay

 13 February 2017

Several of the world's most powerful shareholders are planning to take even tougher action on excessive bonuses for company bosses in 2017 after investor protests over executive pay reached a five-year high last year.

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Twitter should not crush the idealists and their co-op dream

 13 February 2017

Twitter is a broad church. Its congregation includes autocratically inclined presidents sounding off to millions, and friends indulging in online banter. It should not come as a shock, then, that one pew is occupied by evangelists for a radically different ownership model.

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Asset managers named in list of potential closet trackers

12 February 2017

Schroders, Fidelity International, JPMorgan, Henderson and Amundi have been named in a list of 80 investment companies that have potentially sold funds that charge high fees for active management but closely mimic their benchmark.

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The long and paradoxical history of corporate governance in Britain

 03 December 2016

Politicians have threatened to clamp down on business behaviour and boardroom pay for decades

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Do you want to hand your money to super-algo or a Swiss banker?

 28 November 2016

 Switzerland has a world-beating position in cross-border investing: its finance industry last year managed SFr6.6tn of assets on behalf of institutions, companies and the rich.

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Beware the 'Hunger Games' model for hunting new CEOs

 20 November 2016

 The Hunger Games, the do-or-die series of teenage films, may be a model for corporate succession planning, according to some of Britain's top business leaders - but it should not be tolerated.

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A secular trend away from public markets

 16 November 2016

 The company that is changing driving owns no cars; the one that has the hotel industry on the run owns no rooms. Such are the standard tributes to the radical business models of Uber and Airbnb. Something else they lack, despite putative valuations of $68bn and $30bn respectively, is public listings. For good or ill, this is innovation too, and part of a trend that reaches beyond the technology sector.

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Asset managers face corporate governance crackdown

 14 November 2016

 Investment groups are facing a corporate governance crackdown as pressure mounts on the way asset managers vote on pay and monitor issues such as board independence and company strategy.

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Third of businesses do not meet corporate governance requirements

 13 November 2016

 Compliance with the corporate governance code among Britain's largest listed companies is rising, but more than a third of companies are still failing to meet its requirements.

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