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Conference Board Research Online database

Posted by lrath on September 26, 2008

Many of you know the Conference Board for its reports on the Consumer Confidence Index and economic indicators of the business cycle but they are also active researchers in many areas of management , corporate governance and executive compensation. In May 2007 The Conference Board formed a Research Working Group on Hedge Fund Activism and just this month the group released their findings in a report titled Hedge Fund Activism: Findings and Recommendations for Corporations and Investors. Some of the many recommendations that came out of the report include:

  • Companies should actively monitor trading in the company’s security holdings to be alert to activists using equity swaps
  • Corporate boards should understand the investment strategies of hedge funds owning company shares
  • Companies should promote transparent proxy voting procedures
  • Management should consider meeting with activist hedge fund owners.

The report includes considerable information on hedge fund activists including information on their common demands and tactics, the types of companies they target, their success rates, data on the outcomes of recent activist campaigns and a list of notable activist hedge funds. The report also offers advice to companies about how to gather ownership data with SEC filings and market intelligence.

This report and others can be found in the Conference Board Research Online database available from the Newman Library.

To get an idea of the types of research the Conference Board is involved in, use the pull-down menu under “Topic” on their search page.

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