Activist Investing

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Activist Investing: Good governance, good investment?

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Recent high-profile cases have put activist investing back in the spotlight. Familiar debates have reemerged: Are activist investors vultures scavenging for short-term profit with no regard for the long-term strategic direction of the companies they target, or are they “capitalism’s unlikely heroes” by setting high standards when it comes to corporate governance? In this brief article, we go back to basics by defining activist investing and explaining why this type of investment exists. We also examine what seems to be the changing perception of activism and how investors can consider this when it comes to their portfolios.

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