Category: Corporate Governance

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

The Hybrid Work Model – One CEO’s Take

The Hybrid Work Model – One CEO’s Take

Most of what I've seen from CEOs suggests that many Technology companies will adopt a hybrid work model with many employees splitting time between home and the office (I would not want to be long CRE in the "Office" segment). Certain Financial Services positions (PMs and Analysts for example) lend themselves well to the hybrid … Continue reading The Hybrid Work Model – One CEO’s Take

We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace

We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace

We expect CEOs and CFOs to retire at a record pace over the next 12 months due to burnout associated with COVID-19. Last year senior executives scrambled to set-up Work-from-Home environments. This year it will be another headache, namely defining back-to-the-office policies and executing them. At many companies it is the CFO who is the … Continue reading We Expect CEOs and CFOs To Retire at A Record Pace

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

One of the great distortions caused by the joint fiscal and monetary policy of 2020 and 2021 is that equities and the lowest-rated non-investment grade credits are two of the all too rare places where investors may earn a return. Savers and Fixed Income investors be damned. Many companies are enjoying their stocks trading at … Continue reading Investors Should Ask More of Their Management Teams

AI, ML, Autos, CEOs and Inflation

AI, ML, Autos, CEOs and Inflation

Google is using Machine Learning to design the layout of its next-gen TPU chips. Learn more HERE.Speaking of AI and ML, SS&C Technologies (SSNC) achieved a milestone with its relatively new AI-powered Singularity platform this week. Singularity now boasts more than 50 clients. Read the release HERE. A behavioral change is required to fight cyberattacks. … Continue reading AI, ML, Autos, CEOs and Inflation