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    1. SEC Seeks Investors' Advice on Reforming Activist Disclosures, Financial Reports

      SEC Seeks Investors' Advice on Reforming Activist Disclosures, Financial Reports

      Under Gary Gensler’s leadership, the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at a sweeping range of reforms . Wednesday morning, the SEC chair welcomed a panel of investment experts to discuss: agency proposals on activist investors’ disclosures; swap position reporting; misleading mutual fund names ; and corporate financial reports...

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    2. Carl Icahn to investors: 'The worst is yet to come'

      Carl Icahn to investors: 'The worst is yet to come'

      Wall Street icon Carl Icahn has a warning for his fellow investors: “The worst is yet to come.” Speaking on Wednesday at MarketWatch’s Best New Ideas in Money Festival via a remote feed, the 86-year-old Icahn delivered that grim assessment of the economy, but also spoke of areas of opportunity for investors. It’s not hard to see why the billionaire investor could offer such a pessimistic view: The stock market saw its worst first half of the year since 1970...

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    3. Twitter Shareholders Vote Tuesday on Musk Acquisition

      Twitter Shareholders Vote Tuesday on Musk Acquisition

      Twitter shareholders on Tuesday will finally vote on whether to approve Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition. Though they’re almost sure to support the sale, the firm’s legal battle with the billionaire will ultimately determine whether the deal goes through. The company will hold its special meeting at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday...

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    4. Not a 'Woke Mission': Nasdaq, SEC Say Push for Diversity on Corporate Boards is What Investors Want

      Not a 'Woke Mission': Nasdaq, SEC Say Push for Diversity on Corporate Boards is What Investors Want

      Lawyers for Nasdaq Inc. and the Securities and Exchange Commission defended the exchange’s plan to require companies to disclose the diversity of their boards Monday, and judges sounded skeptical that the court should overturn the policy. The SEC last year approved a Nasdaq NDAQ, -1.63% policy that asks companies to disclose the demographic makeup of their boards, and questions them if they fail to meet certain standards for diversity...

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    5. Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

      Future Returns: Private Funds Focused on ESG are Facing Transparency Push

      Private market fund managers increasingly are considering environmental, social, and governance practices when making investments largely because investors are demanding it. This rising demand is, in turn, forcing the opaque world of global private markets to become more transparent, as many investors in these funds are fiduciaries—such as pension funds—with a responsibility to understand what they are investing in, according to Jaclyn Bouchard, head of ESG for Preqin, a London-based data provider to the alternative and private market industry. This focus on ESG factors is making it necessary for private-market managers to provide non-financial information such as greenhouse ...

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    6. U.S. Companies Promised More Racial Diversity Equity in the Workplace. How are They Doing Now?

      U.S. Companies Promised More Racial Diversity Equity in the Workplace. How are They Doing Now?

      Two years since Corporate America’s $50 billion promise to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the question on many people’s minds is whether companies have actually made progress toward their commitments. Have we seen noteworthy changes demonstrating impact ? Americans are looking for action. New survey research by JUST Capital and SSRS shows that 92% of Americans believe it is important for companies to promote racial diversity and equity in the workplace...

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    7. Zendesk Stock Rises on Report of Settlement Talks With Activist Jana

      Zendesk Stock Rises on Report of Settlement Talks With Activist Jana

      Zendesk shares rose after a report from The Wall Street Journal said the provider of cloud-based customer-service software was in settlement talks with activist investor Jana Partners that could include the departure of the company’s chief executive. The talks come after Zendesk (ticker: ZEN) said last week it plans to continue on as an independent public company after not finding a buyer...

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    8. Do Poison Pills Work? A Finance Expert Explains the Anti-Takeover Tool That Twitter Hopes Will Keep Elon Musk at Bay

      Do Poison Pills Work? A Finance Expert Explains the Anti-Takeover Tool That Twitter Hopes Will Keep Elon Musk at Bay

      Takeovers are usually friendly affairs. Corporate executives engage in top-secret talks, with one company or group of investors making a bid for another business. After some negotiating, the companies engaged in the merger or acquisition announce a deal has been struck...

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