GOP senators press TSP managers on fiduciary duty vs. ESG

Link: https://www.pionline.com/washington/gop-senators-press-tsp-managers-fiduciary-duty-vs-esg?utm_source=p-i-editor-s-pick&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20210702&utm_content=article3-headline&CSAuthResp=1625616942174%3A0%3A73393%3A0%3A24%3Asuccess%3AFEA86842B20E7441526766BAA1004F10#cci_r=

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Two Republican senators expressed concern that Thrift Savings Plan asset managers BlackRock and State Street Global Advisors are putting ESG and their CEOs’ “left-leaning” priorities ahead of their fiduciary duties when it comes to proxy voting.

In a letter Thursday to Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Acting Chairman David A. Jones, Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin questioned the priorities of BlackRock and State Street Global Advisors, who between them manage nearly $500 billion for the $762.3 billion Thrift Savings Plan’s 6.2 million federal employees and members of the uniformed services. Of that, roughly $57 billion is managed by SSGA.

“We are concerned that BlackRock and SSGA may be prioritizing their CEOs’ personal policy views over retirees’ financial security,” the letter said.

Author(s): Hazel Bradford

Publication Date: 1 July 2021

Publication Site: Pensions & Investments

Senate Republicans oppose Nasdaq diversity rule

Link: https://www.pionline.com/governance/senate-republicans-oppose-nasdaq-diversity-rule

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Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., was among a group of Republicans calling on the SEC to reject Nasdaq’s board diversity proposal.

Republican members of the Senate Banking Committee told the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject a Nasdaq proposal allowing it to require listed companies to publicly disclose the gender and racial diversity of their boards and eventually to have at least two diverse directors, citing a connection between diverse boards and corporate performance.

Author(s): HAZEL BRADFORD

Publication Date: 12 February 2021

Publication Site: Pensions & Investments

Buy or sell: GameStop frenzy has Washington teasing action on Reddit vs. Wall Street

Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/buy-or-sell-gamestop-frenzy-has-washington-teasing-action-reddit-n1256142

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A number of Democrats and Republicans united in opposition this week to the strict limits imposed by Robinhood and other online stock brokerages on the purchasing of GameStop and other stocks swept up in a Reddit-fueled trading frenzy.

Disparate members of Congress like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Ken Buck, R-Colo., and Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, were among those who criticized the move, with many calling for hearings that Democratic leaders say will soon take place in both the House and Senate as what began as an internet movement continues to roil Wall Street.

Lawmakers trained attention on the volatility surrounding GameStop’s stock as several others this week. The stock climbed from $4 only a few months ago to more than $400 this week, juiced by an online movement not dissimilar to others that have broadly altered the political landscape in recent years. At the same time, hedge funds that made large bets on GameStop’s stock cratering — known as “shorting” — began to pile up big losses. Then the brokerages instituted limits, leading to charges of collusion with the larger financial entities facing big losses.

Author(s): Allan Smith

Publication Date: 29 January 2021

Publication Site: NBC News