David Pogemiller: The role of boards hasn’t changed so much as the expectations of what good looks like and what it actually takes to be good. They are still there to help set the strategic direction, pick the right leaders, be an on-going check against that direction and leaders, and, when necessary, bring to bear additional expertise to accelerate the company….
Recent years have brought sweeping changes to the way markets are viewed. Wall Street fund managers, global policy setters and corporate leaders have come to a new understanding of the potential of capital markets to address – or at least mitigate….
New technologies have often played an outsized role in the growth and advancement of global economies. However, over the last 20 years there has been an explosion in diverse technologies that is unprecedented. The pace of growth has been fueled by fast chips and cloud computing on the one hand and digital platforms on the other.’…..
ESG into the Mainstream. With all the buzz around Environmental, Social and Governance Investing’s (ESG Investing) stunning performance in the public markets during the pandemic, savvy investors are now adopting a two-part due diligence methodology to which they formerly gave little thought: ESG risk factor analysis combined with “impact investing” (a form of trend analysis in the….
The Fourth Industrial Revolution. One thing which connects the challenges of business sustainability with the profound economic changes represented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), is the sheer immensity of each. But sometimes, that’s where it stops. As the World Economic Forum meets met – at least digitally – this year, I have been struck by my own attendances at the Forum, about how separated the discussion is between the two….
The historic stalling tactic, the U.S. Senate filibuster, is back in the news. With it brings consideration of the supermajority voting approach to governance. After limited coverage, the filibuster emerged after former President Barack Obama specifically mentioned it last summer during Georgia Congressman John Lewis’…..
2020 has been a year that has forced the entire world to undergo changes in how we live and interact with one another. Some of those changes are logistical in nature due to the COVID-19 pandemic – working from home is the most immediate example for white-collar workers and others who rely mostly on laptops and other mobile devices to do their job. Others have been societal changes, the prime example that comes to mind is the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has been dramatically and powerfully thrust into the national dialogue…
Will we see systemic racism break down, clearing paths for more diversity and inclusion (D & I) in the senior-most ranks of corporate America, as a result of the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests? That will depend on what corporate America does next. The fact is that nothing has essentially changed for corporate America. Another black man tragically…….
As of the end of April, the COVID-19 stimulus and quantitative easing surpassed $3trn, nearly four times the amount of the 2008 financial crisis bailout and more than six times the amount of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus. The likely result of the most extensive bailout in US history is for inflation rates to soar, likely eclipsing 10% for a sustained period, similar to what the US experienced in the early 1970’s. This raises the important question of who the beneficiaries are of this most expensive bailout in US history. Will this benefit Wall Street, or Main Street, or both?….
Avoiding taxes may be good for the individual, person or company, but if done on a massive scale what are the consequences for the country? It is likely to be inadequate funding for public services that are essential to having a prosperous economy and a fair society. The U.S. tax system and the role of corporations in that system have dramatic implications for
With credit to Lin-Manuel Miranda, post-COVID-19, do we still need to be in the room where it happens? Are in-person board meetings, with requirements for quorum and voting conditions a thing of the past? Is a brick and mortar building really the only place to conduct business? Or will a combination of live meetings under social……..
Our focus is on COVID-19, and rightly so. But the world continues, and those who work in business should not neglect developments outside the scope of the virus and its effects in the United States. As the editor of the Financial Times, Roula Khalaf, has written…..
What the Upcoming SEC Ruling Portends for Wall Street and Main Street In John Lennon’s last album in 1980 he released the song “Beautiful Boy”. The song’s lyrics included the famous quote “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” As we struggle to bring into focus the long-term impacts of a post-COVID-19 world, Lennon’s quote is a poignant reminder of the uncertainties that lie ahead….
Human Tragedy Causes Other Related Tragedie. Not surprisingly, the corona pandemic and all its consequences are the dominant headlines of the media around the globe. It has been so for well over six months now, and will likely continue at least into 2021. The human tragedies naturally attract the most attention; the economic…..
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