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Why not charge activist investors a few thousand dollars for every proposal they offer?

Activist investors are submitting so many proposals for company ballots it may be time to put on restrictions on who can offer proposals and limit the number of those offered

Activist shareholders have become a major burden to some corporations by causing the company to spend as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars just to prepare for numerous ballots on diverse proposals. 

The process also takes time away from busy attorneys, finance specialists, accountants and others in a corporation who must review the proposals and prepare the votes. Granted, some of their proposals have made sense and have helped to improve the company’s bottom line, but other ideas simply clog up everyone’s schedule.

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Ed Silverstein

Ed Silverstein is a veteran writer and editor for magazines, websites and newspapers. A graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he has won several...

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