Category: Leadership

“G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”

“G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”

We have stated and written on a number of occasions that Corporate Governance - the "G" in "ESG" - is far and away the most important element of that acronym. Weak corporate Boards fail to hold management teams accountable. Sometimes Boards are weak because members don't know the company they serve well and are therefore … Continue reading “G” Is The Most Important Letter In “ESG”

More Than Tiny Bubbles: Policy-Driven Market Distortions

More Than Tiny Bubbles: Policy-Driven Market Distortions

We highlight some of the bubbles (some call it the "Everything Bubble"), caused by the ultra-loose fiscal and monetary policies that have distorted markets since April 2020. The longer Powell & Company wait to taper and eventually raise interest rates, the more difficult it will be to reel in the price inflation caused by the … Continue reading More Than Tiny Bubbles: Policy-Driven Market Distortions

The Second Domino Falls As Kaplan Steps Down From His Dallas Fed Post

The Second Domino Falls As Kaplan Steps Down From His Dallas Fed Post

Earlier today Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren announced his September 30th retirement. This afternoon Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan announced he will step down effective October 8th. We first wrote about the Fed's poor governance earlier this month. Chair Jay Powell's resignation would be the icing on the cake but that news is not forthcoming. … Continue reading The Second Domino Falls As Kaplan Steps Down From His Dallas Fed Post

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

We recently wrote that it was outrageous for Fed officials to have traded equities as the Fed was doing deals with corporate issuers in 2020. One of the offenders - Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren - has been dealt with. The other direct offender was Dallas Fed President Robert Steven Kaplan. Frankly, Chairman Powell ought … Continue reading Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow estimate of 3.6% real GDP for Q3, down from 3.7% a week earlier provides the Fed with the narrative necessary to not taper MBS asset purchases (currently approximately $40 billion per month), nor Treasury purchases (approximately $80 billion per month). Investors ought to stick to quality names. In the face of … Continue reading Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

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