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Articles of Interest

On Valuation and Corporate Governance

March 1, 2016

Financial adviser misconduct is concentrated in certain firms, a new study shows. Oppenheimer, First Allied and Wells Fargo top the list. From the International Business Times. Read the article…

 

February 27, 2016

Seven of Apple’s eight board members are white. Fifteen of Apple’s eighteen named executives are white and male. The board recommended against a shareholder proposal to increase minority recruitment at the highest levels. From the Guardian and Fortune/Time.  Read the articles here and here.

 

February 26, 2016

"There are no declining businesses, as anyone who reads company earnings reports can tell you. There are just growing businesses trapped inside shrinking ones. In 2015, IBM’s sales fell 1 per cent, sustaining a limp pattern of some years’ standing. But sales from “strategic imperative” units grew 26 per cent, to a third of the total." From the Financial Times. Read the article… 

 

February 24, 2016

Are JP Morgan’s reserves sufficient? "J.P. Morgan Chase said losses on loans made to energy companies could cost the bank as much $2.8 billion." "Despite the worries in the oil and gas industry, JPMorgan has put away just $815 million in reserves for bad loans, or less than 2% of its total loans to the oil and gas industry. JPMorgan said it expects to put away another $500 million in reserves in the first quarter of this year for possible losses on energy industry loans. But that would only bring its reserves up to just under 3%."  From Fortune. Read the article…

 

"Pay for nonexecutive directors of S&P 500 companies rose nearly 50% between 2006 and 2014." From the Wall Street Journal. Read the article…

 

"The trader at the center of the 'London whale' trading debacle broke nearly four years of silence by taking aim at former employer J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., saying he was made a scapegoat for trades that were 'initiated, approved, mandated and monitored' by senior management." "Mr. Iksil’s letter details the times he said he flagged the risks surrounding the trading strategy he was executing." "During the summer of 2011, Mr. Iksil writes he was ordered to keep executing the strategy, 'despite my repeated warnings.' He said he 'kept raising alarms in the first half of March 2012,' just before losses began to mount."  From the Wall Street Journal. Read the article….

 

"$123 billion. That's the estimated amount of outstanding loans and lending commitments to the energy industry that big U.S. banks have on their books." From Bloomberg. Look at the charts and read the article...

 

What’s wrong with the economy? A consensus is growing that "fiscal policy, a.k.a. government spending, is a far better way to juice economic growth" than monetary policy in times like these. From Quartz. Read the article…

 

Understanding the relationship between physical health and behavior is important. Inadequate blood flow to the brain can cause you to lose impulse control (and for example steal). From Quartz. Read the article

 

"Johnson & Johnson faces claims that it, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey." "Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades." "The case is Hogans et al v. Johnson & Johnson et al, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. 1422-CC09012." From Fortune/Reuters. Read the article…

 

February 23, 2016

A new Federal Reserve proposal could make the largest banks even bigger. From Fortune. Read the article…

 

February 21, 2016

The Washington state attorney general is suing the "Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), alleging the GMA created an ’elaborate scheme’ to secretly fund a multimillion dollar campaign to kill a food labeling initiative"  in which PepsiCo, Nestle, General Mills, Coca-Cola, CongAgra, Campbell Soup, Hershey, JM Smucker, Kellogg and Mondelez were the top ten donors. From Fortune. Read the article…

 

Here’s the letter from the woman who worked at Yelp and was fired for writing that she wasn’t able to afford food. From Fusion. Read the letter… “While Yelp touts the value of their restaurant reviews, they're apparently not so thrilled when they're the one being scrutinized.” From New York Magazine. Read the article…

 

February 20, 2016

The pay for Schlumberger’s CEO was flat in 2015 vs. 2014 while "the company cut 25,000 jobs during [the] year, or 20% of its workforce." From CNNMoney. Read the article…

 

February 19, 2016

Study authors “invited 116 people, both men and women, to bargain for a $100 gift card. Some study participants bought their gift card from an imaginary online vendor named “Allison,” while some placed bets on “Brad's” $100 card. “Allison” made on average 7% less than "Brad" for the exact same gift card. But it's not just women who get a raw deal hawking on eBay…in a separate study, “when photos of baseball cards on eBay were held in a black hand, they made 20% less than white-handed sellers.” There are other interesting findings. From Fortune. Read the article…

 

 

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Recent News and Publications

April 26, 2016

"Big Bank Shareholders Face a Crucible This Week at Annual Meetings" is published by Fortune.

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April 20, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Deon Roberts on commuting CEOs for The Charlotte Observer.

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April 15, 2016

"America's Big Banks Still Can't Figure Out How to Save Themselves" is published by Fortune.

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April 14, 2016

"Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Matt Krantz on the negative consequences of over the top CEO pay for USAToday."

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April 7, 2016

"Macy's and Chipotle Put Misguided Beliefs About CEO Pay on Full Display" is published by Fortune.

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April 5, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Ethan Baron at the San Jose Mercury News on the involvement of corporations in fighting discrimination laws.

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March 31, 2016

"Business Leaders: Want Collaborative Workers? Pay Them a Decent Wage." is published by Fortune.

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March 30, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by James Covert on Yahoo’s move to adopt proxy access for The New York Post.

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March 24, 2016

"Starboard Wants to Blow Up Yahoo's Board and Add People Who Are Too Busy" is published by Fortune.

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March 22, 2016

"How Apple and Walmart Show the Two Very Different Sides of the Federal Government" is published by Fortune.

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March 14, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Ethan Baron on Yahoo’s strategic direction for the San Jose Mercury News.

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March 14, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Matt Krantz on Chipotle’s CEO compensation for USAToday.

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March 10, 2016

"In Business and Politics (Usually), Cultural Sensitivity Goes a Really Long Way" is published by Fortune.

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March 10, 2016

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Kaja Whitehouse on Yahoo’s addition of two board members for USAToday.

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March 10, 2016

"United-Continental's Leadership Problems Have Deep Roots" is published by Fortune.

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March 7, 2016

"Corporate Political Donations and Lobbying Are Still Trapped in a Murky, Dark Cloud" is published by Fortune.

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February 23, 2016

"The World's Biggest Banks May Very Well Grow Even Larger" is published by Fortune.

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February 16, 2016

"What It Will Take for Big Banks To Heal Their Toxic Cultures" is published by Fortune.

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February 1, 2016

"Years of CEO Stock Incentives Are Causing Economic Volatility Today" is published by Fortune.

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January 13, 2016

"How Market Punditry Causes Irrational Behavior" is published by Fortune.

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December 31, 2015

"Corporate America's Impressive Highs and Depressing Lows in 2015" is published by Fortune.

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Winter 2015

Eleanor Bloxham writes about the perils of overgeneralizing about the generations (or any group) in “The Misuse of Patterns in the Workplace” published in the Winter edition of the Phil Kappa Phi Forum magazine.

 

December 12, 2015

"Can the Fossil Fuel Industry Survive a Climate Change Agreement?" is published by Fortune.

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December 9, 2016

"Exxon Is Starting to Feel the Heat Over Climate Change" is published by Fortune.

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November 2, 2015

Eleanor Bloxham is interviewed by Will Kramer on inequality and the CEO to worker pay ratio for Risk Management Magazine.

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October 30, 2015

"Here’s why Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook's board are in hot water" is published by Fortune.

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October 30, 2015

"Trouble is brewing at the SEC" is published by Fortune.

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