Many investors want to invest in alignment with their values, but may also have significant barriers to making portfolio changes, such as incurring taxes or de-alignment with overall financial goals. One approach to re-align investors to their values might be to focus their philanthropy on issues deemed important. Investors who…

There Are No Materiality Constraints on SEC-Mandated Disclosures

Some US legislators are trying to restrict required ESG disclosures; asserting that the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) can only require disclosures that are financially material. The SEC’s mission is to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. The SEC strives to promote a market environment…

Retail Shareholder Proxy Voting Apathy

Transparency is creating retail shareholder proxy voting apathy

Last week’s blog post briefly discussed the decline in retail shareholders voting proxies and why corporate issuers might want to engage retail shareholders. Several papers have documented and explored reasons for retail shareholders proxy voting apathy and the apparent indifference to exercising their rights in corporate governance. In addition to…

Stacy Scapino

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