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Articles of Interest

On Valuation and Corporate Governance

February 5, 2016

“Twenty major companies—including American Express Co., Macy’s Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.—are banding together to use their collective data and market power in a bid to hold down” healthcare costs and ultimately, perhaps, “form a purchasing cooperative to negotiate for lower prices.” The data sharing is to be used in part to determine “which treatments and health providers had better outcomes in treating certain illnesses.” From the Wall Street Journal. Read the article...


“The U.S. spends two-and-a-half times as much on health care (public and private) per capita as the average for industrialized countries, yet performs poorly on infant mortality, life expectancy, levels of obesity and child-vaccination rates.” UnitedHealth covers 45 million people. Nearly 20% of premiums it receives went to “profit or overhead.” From Bloomberg. Read the article...

 

“Could outrage over Martin Shkreli push pharma companies to change?” From the Christian Science Monitor. Read the article...

 

“The only group with a rise in employment rate over the year is workers without high school degrees.” “The labor market is still not tight enough to produce healthy wage growth.” From the Center for Economic Policy and Research. Read the article...

 

“It’s not every day you see a major investment bank [in this case Goldman Sachs] say it might have to start asking broader questions about capitalism itself.” From Bloomberg. Read the article...

 

“A $131 million penalty [is being assessed] against HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. and HSBC Finance Corporation for deficiencies in residential mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure processing. The penalty is being assessed in conjunction with an agreement involving similar deficiencies that HSBC announced Friday [February 5] with the U.S. Department of Justice, other federal agencies, and the state attorneys general.” From the Federal Reserve. Read the article...

 

“Under California law, the layoff of more than 50 employees within 30 days at a single location like Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters requires an employer to give workers 60 days of advance notice. A similar federal law, known as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, requires advance notice for a layoff of 500 or more employees.” A lawsuit by a former employee “alleges that the company’s senior managers routinely manipulated the” McKinsey recommended quarterly performance review system that ranks everyone in the company on a scale of 1 to 5 “to fire hundreds of people without just cause to achieve the company’s financial goals.” “Similar systems were once widely used in corporate America, and companies like Amazon.com still employ analogous methods.”  From the New York Times. Read the article…

 

“Our studies showed that pain caused (primarily) by economic uncertainty afflicts people of any background, socioeconomic level, age, gender and educational level.” From Fortune. Read the article…

A Chinese group is set to buy the Chicago stock exchange touting the potential to “bring exciting Chinese growth companies to US investors.”  The “Chicago Stock Exchange is working a new product called CHX|snap an on-demand auction that can be performed during the regular trading session that seeks to pull business back from so-called dark pools, exchanges that are operated by investment banks outside the public market.” From the Financial Times.  Read the article…

 

“We find in our review of the risk factor disclosures of 50 large companies that disclosures often are generic and do not provide clear, concise and insightful information. The disclosures typically are not tailored to the specific company. Instead, they tend to represent a listing of generic risks, with little to help investors distinguish between the relative importance of each risk to the company. In addition, the language is often repetitive and written with legal language and a compliance-oriented approach (instead of using plain English to help investors better understand and evaluate company-specific risks).” From research by Ernst and Young for the Investor Responsibility  Research Center. Read the report…

 

 

 

 

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Recent News and Publications

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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