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Suddenly Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street not only have the assets but the power of ESG mandates, which make them a growing threat to shareholder democracy, critics say

A handful of super-charged fund managers control $34 trillion of assets and most of the ESG inflows, giving them 'carte blanche' to shape corporate policies.

Author Oisin Breen July 28, 2021 at 10:35 PM
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John Rekenthaler: I am concerned about the amount of power the [biggest fund managers] wield, even if they wield that power well.


Perry E Gibbs

Perry E Gibbs

July 29, 2021 — 8:30 PM
Those who make the rules win the game, and the people are pawns of the game, the corporate way. Nothing personal, it's business!


July 29, 2021 — 9:50 PM
Seems like every article assumes that ESG only looks at left wing issues... abortion, family values, gambling, porn, etc... never come up. Half of the investors would vote that way.
Karl McGaugh

Karl McGaugh

August 16, 2021 — 2:09 PM
Great article! Yes, something needs to be done to limit this power but what? In my opinion, this began with the changes in the legal definition of a corporation. The limits were removed and now we have corporations owning other corporations. If this was outlawed then flesh & blood individuals would own as much as they want but corporations would be limited to their own stock. Competition would return to the market and individual investors would vote their conscience. This single change would solve every problem in this article and create vast new opportunities for investors. If Buffet wants to invest in a corporation he cannot be a corporation himself. And if he wants to be and private index fund he can not sell shares because he is not a corporation. He could sell his index picks as a research product but the selling of corporate bonds and shares are prohibited unless he is a corporation and if he becomes a corporation he is prohibited from buying shares in the companies in his index. This simple idea of prohibiting corporations from owning other corporations is the best way to limit and prevent multinational corporations (monopoly).


January 23, 2022 — 1:03 AM
Hmmm History is replete with an almost endless cast of some of the vilest, evil, maniacal lunatics that bear a striking resemblance to the latest cast of would-be Kings and Queens. History also teaches us that that simply trying to change our rules imposed by their game never gets you out of the pot because they don’t follow any rules. In spite of the fact that History remains a startingly accurate and consistent guide offering considerable certainty that the latest crop of wannabe totalitarians and/or their seed will inevitably meet a similar fate, we must strengthen our resolve to resist complacency and indifference by whatever means necessary. Keep firmly in mind that if the outcome was as heavily weighted in their favor as we are being led to believe the seemingly endless machinations, manipulations and lies spewing out of every orifice of their regimes targeting the common man would not be necessary. In short, not only is it abundantly clear that the outcome is still very much in doubt, despite their every effort to convince us otherwise, that fact of the matter is that we still hold most of the hole cards…
Mellisa Rose

Mellisa Rose

February 27, 2022 — 6:15 AM
Those that makes the rules wins the game. I'm curious, wonder what did those that made the rules have to do exactly to get where they are at? They have done the unthinkable, unimaginable, and many dishonest manipulations have they put forth, to be in the position they are at. Just think about a bunch of country folks take control of the world... TN. Way to go, what a disgrace you are, & greed doesn't look good on you !

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