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Sub-prime Suddenly a Focus for Investor Activists

Taub Stephen | January 2, 2008

It’s that time of year when shareholder activists plot their strategies to needle, cajole, and confront Corporate America later this spring in the proxy season.

As has been the case for several years, executive compensation is a major concern. Buoyed by Verizon’s decision to adopt shareholder advisory votes over executive pay and Aflac’s plan to move up its advisory vote on the issue to this year—marking the first time such a vote has ever happened in the United States—activists plan to file a sizable number of similar measures.

Another issue sure to dominate discussion this year was hardly a thought in most investors’ minds 12 months ago: the sub-prime mortgage collapse. Several investor groups plan to submit proposals designed to prevent, or at least lessen the chance of, a similar crisis in the future.

Here is what’s in store from a number of union pension funds, always in the vanguard of shareholder activism.... To get the full story, subscribe now.