Outsmart The Activists!

    Published on April 16, 2014

    The “activist hedge fund” is a new breed of shareholder that has emerged in the 21st century, leading to increased pressure on corporate executives and boards through the strategy of taking on more debt and paying out more to shareholders. Because these activist shareholders are generally seeing positive returns and institutional investors are following their lead, it’s clear hedge fund activism is here to stay. CEOs and boards must adapt to activist interventions and use them to improve their organizations. ... Read more

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