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Will Nasdaq’s Diversity Rules Harm Investors?

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In December 2020, Nasdaq asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve new diversity rules. The aim is for Nasdaq-listed firms to have at least one director self-identifying as female and another self-identifying as an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+. To avoid forced delisting, a firm must “diversify or explain”: either have two such diverse directors, or say why it does not. Nasdaq also wants firms to disclose every director’s self-identified race, gender, and LGBTQ+ status...

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