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Questions for the potential next sheriff of Wall Street

By Andy Green, Andrew Schwartz, and Gregg Gelzinis (originally published by Coalition for Sensible Safeguards) - The movie image is iconic: The Wall Street wrongdoer, whose fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, is hauled off to face the music. Despite being only a civil enforcement agency, the SEC has a […]

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Shareholder proposals to exclude the impact of buybacks from exec comp metrics – will they become a trend?

By Cydney Posner (originally published by PubCo@Cooley) - A recurring demand by hedge funds activists is that the target company return capital to its shareholders by buying back its own stock. Data compiled by S&P and Bloomberg shows that companies in the S&P 500 spent 95% of their earnings on repurchases and dividends in 2014, including spending $553 […]

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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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Will more regulation be imposed on stock buybacks

By Cydney Posner (originally published by PubCo@Cooley) - Lots of companies have been buying back their stock in recent years, either on their own initiative because, for example, management thinks the shares are undervalued, or sometimes at the insistence of  hedge fund activists bent on increasing the market price of the shares. [Cross-posted from PubCo@Cooley publication […]

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Why you don’t (and can’t) have a full-time ScrumMaster

By Greyrock Agile (originally published by Greyrock Agile – Blog) - Among the most common impediments facing teams and organizations when they are attempting to adopt Scrum is the lack of a full-time ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Team Members in general, and Team Members with testing expertise in particular…. [Cross-posted from Greyrock Agile – Blog publication of […]

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The Fed’s low rates may be harming the middle class

By Rick Newman (originally published by Yahoo! Finance) - There was certainly a time and place for it: Most economists credit the Federal Reserve’s super-low interest rate policy, in effect since 2008, with reviving shell-shocked financial markets and breathing life back into the economy. But nearly seven years on, aggressive monetary stimulus may now be hurting […]

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Stock buybacks: Innovation boon or middle-class doom?

By Andrew Soergel (originally published by US News & World Report) – U.S. companies’ cash reserves have skyrocketed in recent years, thanks in part to near-zero interest rates keeping capital expenses and corporate expansions more affordable since the Great Recession. These excess funds could theoretically be used to ramp up production, pay back loyal employees […]

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Toward healthy companies and a stronger economy: Remarks to the U.S. Treasury Department’s corporate women in finance symposium

By Kara M. Stein (originally published by U.S Securities and Exchange Commission) - Thank you Treasurer [Rosie] Rios for the invitation and the warm introduction.  It is a pleasure to be here this morning at the Treasury Department. As always, I need to offer the usual disclaimer that the views I am expressing today are my own, […]

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Trend pits super-rich clients against merely rich clients

By Will Ashworth (originally published by Wealth Professional) - The richest one per cent are benefiting almost exclusively from share repurchases while the rest of the crowd, including many of your clients, are being hurt by this trend of maximizing shareholder value. “One big reason for the increase in inequality in America since the 1980s is […]

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Senator urges SEC to revisit rules and policies on stock buybacks

By Cydney Posner (originally published by PubCo@Cooley) – Data compiled by S&P and Bloomberg shows that companies in the S&P 500 spent 95% of their earnings on repurchases and dividends in 2014, including spending $553 billion on stock buybacks in 2014. The number was $1 trillion for 2013 and 2014, the biggest two-year total ever (well, really […]

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