Category: Corporate Governance

Fed Officials Trading Behavior Is Disappointing, Not Surprising

Fed Officials Trading Behavior Is Disappointing, Not Surprising

One would think Fed officials would have the common sense to not trade in stocks at a time when the Fed's heavy hand dominates the capital markets. Fundamentals have mattered little since April 2020 as a result of the Fed's ultra-dovish monetary policy. Yet as reported by the Wall Street Journal certain Fed officials engaged … Continue reading Fed Officials Trading Behavior Is Disappointing, Not Surprising

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google Health's CEO is to become Cerner's CEO. Google will allocate its Health projects to different parts of the organization. This wreaks of government interference. Cerner and Epic are two prime examples of large, established Healthcare IT players that should have been acquired by some combination of Amazon, Apple, Google or Microsoft by now. The … Continue reading Google To Dissolve Google Health

Cult of CEO Personality

Cult of CEO Personality

A CEO's personality offers insights into how that CEO leads his/her company. For example, NLP techniques applied to earnings call transcripts uncover CEO personality attributes that speak to a propensity for undertaking unnecessary risk. For example, Tesla CEO Elon Musk scores low in a couple of key areas (analysis HERE), such that his "outside the … Continue reading Cult of CEO Personality

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ's (ticker: NDAQ), Board diversity proposal is one that puts gender and race ahead of meritocracy. Why should someone's gender or race matter regarding Board selection? Also, why should Board member race and gender be tracked and reported? Where does a prospective Board member's career experience fit into this equation? A Board member candidate's reputation … Continue reading NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (not a founder as he claims) admitted he does not enjoy being CEO today in the SolarCity trial. The Teflon will eventually wear off of pied piper Elon Musk. Mr. Musk was accused of fraud by the SEC in 2018 and was subsequently in violation of his SEC settlement. Mr. Musk … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Follow Elon Musk Into Battle?

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

CEOs ought to operate their companies in such a manner that their integrity and work ethic may not be questioned. Take the example of Unity (ticker: U) CEO John Riccitiello who is named in this lawsuit. If the allegations are true, it speaks to horrible behavior on Mr. Riccitiello's part. Setting the allegations aside for … Continue reading CEO Behavior & Opportunity Cost

Management Team Analytics – The Last Frontier

Management Team Analytics – The Last Frontier

Capital Markets professionals ingest every tidbit of industry and company-specific data under the sun in an effort to gain an edge toward Alpha generation. Yet, one large data set remains virtually untapped. That dataset is corporate Management Teams. It encompasses variations of traditional performance metrics such as equity ownership, Return on Invested Capital (ROIC), cash … Continue reading Management Team Analytics – The Last Frontier

Quality Companies Outperform Over The Long-Term

Quality Companies Outperform Over The Long-Term

We will say it until we are blue in the face: Management Teams Matter. A high quality management team starts with a high-quality CEO. Quality management teams build quality companies. They do the hard, tedious work required to build the best products and processes in order to deliver maximum customer value. CEOs of these companies … Continue reading Quality Companies Outperform Over The Long-Term

The CEO Job Is More Difficult Than Ever

The CEO Job Is More Difficult Than Ever

Consider the different variables that were not CEO focus points a decade ago: Diversity policies, ESG policies and the associated costs of compliance, political activism, and activist investors. Low interest rate policy has created a double-edged sword that CEOs have used to issue mountains of low interest rate debt. The Fed's ultra low interest rate … Continue reading The CEO Job Is More Difficult Than Ever