In the governance of any organization there must be a means to address issues, make changes, and set needed regulations. Public companies in the United States make major decisions about business and future strategies via proposals made at annual shareholder meetings. These proposals are akin to bills in the legislature of the United States government.
Before the general meeting of an organization or a mutual fund, shareholders receive a package in the mail that contains a number of documents: financial reports, investment data as well as documents that announce critical issues ─ for example, proposals for changes to an organization’s share structure or their mergers and acquisitions. Unit holders or
On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the pay ratio disclosure rule that requires public companies to disclose the ratio of CEO compensation to the median compensation of employees starting in 2017. Through this rule, companies will provide investors information to analyze a CEO’s compensation relative to the compensation of its employees
What Is a Proxy? A proxy refers to an agent who has the legal permission to act and carry out decisions on your behalf. A proxy agent also makes it possible for you to vote at the annual shareholder meeting even when you aren’t present. What Is Voting by Proxy? If you’re a shareholder and
As large and small reporting companies get ready for their annual meetings this year, they should keep in mind the new rules involving shareholder approval on executive compensation. These rules, required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, will need to be included on all proxy cards after Jan. 21, 2011. The