January 22, 2009 |
The head of the Washington State Investment Board is heading south to Sacramento to oversee investments at the nation's largest public pension fund, the California Public Employees' Retirement System. As chief investment officer, Joseph A. Dear, 57, faces the challenge of reversing steep losses inflicted by the financial downturn on the $178-billion fund, known as CalPERS.
April 3, 2009 |
Under intense pressure from Congress, accounting rule makers on Thursday voted to give banks more discretion in valuing dicey assets. The changes to so-called mark-to-market accounting standards could help banks avoid more write-downs on troubled mortgage-backed bonds. Banks also could decide to boost the value of those assets on their balance sheets, which could bolster their finances -- allaying concerns about the need to raise more capital.
February 11, 2002 |
After Enron, the accounting and securities industries are in the same uncomfortable position as the airlines after Sept. 11. To reassure fliers wary of the skies after the terrorist hijackings, the airline industry had to accept a long list of federal safety regulations it had long grounded. Likewise, to lure back investors fearful of more Enron-like accounting scandals, the investment industries may now have to accept new federal investor protections they have long blocked.
July 27, 1997 |
When Philadelphia lawyers sued directors of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. last year for their role in a huge price-fixing scandal, they said they were striking a blow for the company's shareholders. ADM settled the suit recently for $8 million. But guess who gets the money? Not the shareholders, but the lawyers. "It's a classic case of lawyer greed," said Mark C. Hansen, an attorney for institutional shareholders protesting the settlement.
November 9, 2007 |
Two groups representing union pension funds turned their sights on Countrywide Financial Corp.'s directors Thursday, saying board members failed to curb what they called excessive compensation for Chairman and Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo.
February 15, 1985 |
Financier Carl Icahn said Thursday that if shareholders join him in rejecting a refinancing plan for Phillips Petroleum Co. next week, he will attempt to have the company sold to an employee group or another bidder "at a fair price" after first unseating the board of directors. "I'm not going away under any conditions," he said, adding that he would hold his stock--currently 7.5 million shares, or 4.
May 26, 2006 |
Long before Thursday's guilty verdicts against Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey K. Skilling, the Enron Effect was already changing U.S. corporations. Houston oil service company Dresser-Rand Group Inc., conscious of the public outrage that followed Enron Corp.'s 2001 collapse, uses its website to wave the flag of corporate good behavior, touting its toughened-up ethics policy. Engineering giant Fluor Corp.'
September 9, 2008 |
Shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw the value of their stock nearly disappear Monday after the mortgage giants had been taken over by the federal government, but the companies' chief executives will leave after banking millions and taking millions more on the way out the door. Fannie Mae's Daniel Mudd and Freddie Mac's Richard Syron stepped down but are helping with the transition of their companies into federal conservatorship under the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
January 28, 1999 |
Shareholder activists are poised to win a strong legal boost in their long battle against the favorite anti-takeover technique of embattled company directors, the so-called poison pill. A Denver-based federal appeals court is expected to rule shortly that stockholders have the power to block some boards from adopting the takeover defense, which usually makes hostile takeovers prohibitively expensive by allowing targets to flood the market with new shares.
January 26, 2004 |
Safeway Inc. recently awarded 11 senior and executive vice presidents millions of dollars in stock grants and options under a new compensation plan that is drawing fire from labor leaders and others. The plan came together in the wake of four high-profile corporate defections last year, including that of the chief financial officer, Vasant Prabhu, who left to join Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.