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The future of share buybacks under Trump

By Theo Vermaelen (originally published by INSEAD Knowledge) - Buyback lovers were relieved after the defeat of U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton who was a vocal critic of share buybacks. Her criticism boils down to the argument that buybacks are short-term price manipulation tools and come at the expense of future growth…. [Cross-posted from INSEAD Knowledge publication of […]

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‘Earnings Hysteria’ pits ISS against Clinton and Fink on CEO pay

By Anders Melin (originally published by Bloomberg) - Institutional Shareholder Services has unintentionally taken on Hillary Clinton and Larry Fink. At the moment, ISS is winning. The proxy adviser, whose customers control a combined $25 trillion in assets, has helped drive the trend toward rewarding executives for share-price gains… [Cross-posted from Bloomberg publication of Agust 23, 2016 at […]

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Rx for excess: The truth behind Big Pharma spending

By Eric Reguly (originally published by Globe and Mail) - Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were outraged last fall when Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price of Daraprim, a drug used to fight parasitic infections often found in AIDS patients, to $750 (all currency in U.S. dollars) a pill from $13.50. Yes, […]

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The Robber Baron versus Robin Hood of organizational purpose

By Dan Pontefract (originally published by Forbes) – The purpose of an organization (and business itself) has long been discussed. Some leaders — firmly ensconced on the far right — believe the purpose of an organization and its sole identity is to forever increase the magnitude of profit … and nothing more. Decades ago we might have referred to these folks […]

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Stock buybacks stay popular despite criticism

By Luc Olinga (originally published by YAHOO! NEWS) – Confronted with a sluggish global economy, US companies have settled on a controversial tool that rewards shareholders and executives: share buybacks. First permitted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in 1982, the use of share buybacks has spread rapidly over the last five years due […]

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Buybacks and dividends: When companies give their cash away

By Mark Whitehouse (originally published by Bloomberg QuickTake) – Picture yourself as the CEO of a big, publicly traded company. You want to keep your shareholders happy and justify a big bonus for yourself. One solution is to invest your profits in developing new products, building factories or opening stores. Making money this way is […]

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Hillary’s Wall Street-friendly economic plan costs her Michigan

By Les Leopold (originally published by The Huffington Post) - Billed as a major populist economic address, Hillary Clinton put forth her jobs program in Michigan. Wall Street is smiling. Team Hillary is crying. Her program fits perfectly within the neoliberal framework as she focuses on how to use public funds and policies to promote private […]

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Hillary not truthful about Wall Street speaking fees

By Les Leopold (originally published by The Huffington Post) – Anderson Cooper: “But did you have to be paid $675,000 [for three speeches to Goldman Sachs]?” Hillary Clinton: “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered.” Hillary is veering from the truth when she suggests her $225,000 per speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was […]

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What CEOs do for a living

By Harold Meyerson (originally published by The American Prospect) – What do CEOs do to earn their pay? Presumably, something very valuable, since the average CEO pay at Fortune 500 companies in 2014 was a cool $13.8 million. Yet even as CEO paychecks have ballooned to roughly 300 times that of their median employee (up from […]

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The truth about finance

By Stephen Maher (originally published by Jacobin) – Hillary Clinton says she’s cracking down on Wall Street. She argues that her new financial reform plan will curb speculation and push back against “the tyranny of short-termism.” It’s a move designed to establish her progressive bona fides and assuage a public increasingly angry at the free […]

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