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Why an Activist Hedge Fund Cares Whether Apple’s Devices Are Bad for Kids

Harvard Business

On January 6, 2017, JANA Partners , a New York–based activist hedge fund, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) sent a letter to Apple’s board of directors that may change the future of activist investing. The term “activist hedge fund” connotes to many a “corporate raider” who creates short-term profits at the expense of other stakeholders and long-term investors. Tim Ellis/Getty Images.

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One Big Reason There’s So Little Competition Among U.S. Banks

Harvard Business

Basically, a handful of asset management firms have become the most powerful shareholders of the nation’s largest banks. This collective flood of individual investment has turned asset management companies into ginormous shareholders. BlackRock alone manages about $4.7 trillion in assets. These developments in the retirement system change who is in control of Corporate America. Reduce the size of the large, diversified asset management firms.

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Research: Index Funds Are Fueling Out-of-Whack CEO Pay Packages

Harvard Business

The pay of top managers has risen faster than those of other star earners. Top management compensation packages guarantee a high level of pay, but are often only weakly linked to the performance of the firm relative to its industry competitors. Nowadays, the same handful of large, diversified asset management companies controls a significant proportion of US corporations. In other words, these managers are rewarded less for outperforming their competitors.

Startups Could Fundamentally Change the Way Big Investors Operate

Harvard Business

Small startup firms are already developing proprietary technologies — such as machine vision, deep learning, and other innovations —– that could help large investors evaluate opportunities and risks with far greater accuracy and efficiency than was previously possible. In September 2016 we undertook a survey of nearly 300 endowment and foundation managers. This disconnect is a major problem for the continuing development of efficient capital markets.

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies

Harvard Business

The social impact funds want to support it for social reasons, whereas hedge funds and others are recognizing that the superior resiliency and performance of worker-owned firms can improve their returns. And companion bills developed to enable the U.S. On their own merits, worker-owned businesses can show policy makers, investors, managers, and advisers that companies with democratic ownership values and structures are operated with the same profit motivation as other companies.

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Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Harvard Business Review

One outside manager of many endowments I spoke to confirmed to me that there has been “no mandate” from clients to be investing in the future of higher education. “I Those who manage money for higher education, I propose, need to get much more interested in the market they are in. Still, most colleges are lucky if they can afford even a small team charged with developing new lines of business and new business models.

Stop Assuming Your Data Will Bring You Riches

Harvard Business Review

Hedge Funds will love our data — they will practically buy any set of data that might give them a potential edge”. For example, a product evaluating nonprofit organizations may be highly useful to a wealth manager seeking to help his client to select a charity as part of a value-added tax efficiency service. Execution Knowledge management “We have a treasure trove of data, it’s highly valuable”. “If