ShareSoc Member Barry Gamble has contributed this article.
My recent Financial Times letter “Don’t let the governance guard down in IPO razzmatazz” argued against relaxation of the governance requirements under the listing and AIM rules.
Thirty years ago the scandal surrounding the business affairs of publisher Robert Maxwell prompted the Cadbury report. This defined corporate governance as “the system by which companies are directed and controlled.”
Numerous other reports, directives, rules, regulations, prescribed checklists and best practice guidance have followed since. This confection, including ...
Shares magazine have reported that the CEOs of major platform operators AJ Bell, Hargreaves Lansdown and Interactive Investor have written to Government Minister Jon Glen asking him to consider the rights of retail investors in IPOs. Long gone are the days when new company listings were advertised in newspapers and retail investors could subscribe, and frequently “stag” the issue to make a quick profit. Nowadays institutional investors are typically offered shares in a placing and retail investors are excluded from participating.
The Telegraph wrote a useful article about AGMs and voting. see https://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/shares/use-broker-hold-investments-account/
It was headed
How to use your broker to hold your investments to account
But the real story was in the byline - Stockbrokers require investors to jump through lots of hoops to register their vote.
It also explained the problems and quoted ShareSoc:
However, new investors might not know that owning company shares comes with part ownership of a company – and with it the right to vote on issues at their annual ...
One of my contacts has asked me to look at the Scottish Investment Trust (SCIN). This is a self-managed global investment trust which seems to have the same problems that Alliance Trust had before they had a revolution. Namely persistent under-performance. As a result, it is trading at a discount of 10.4% to the net asset value despite doing considerable share buy-backs in the last few months, presumably to try and control the discount. But as we saw at Alliance Trust, ...
The Sunday Telegraph has run a puff piece of PR for Neil Woodford in which he says, “I am sorry”. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/02/13/exclusive-neil-woodford-launch-comeback-fund-says-sorry-did/
Well, I am sorry too. I don’t accept Neil Woodford’s apology. WoodfordPayBack time is here.
Woodford says that Link were wrong to close his fund, which led to a fire sale of many of his investments. I do at least agree with him on this.
It is a scandal that events occurred so that shares in illiquid assets had to be sold at ...