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L-Blast | September 2019

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It’s nice to feel some slightly cooler temperatures as we enter the fall season and start drawing closer to the end of 2019! It’s a good time to refocus our energies to tackle the last few months of the year and finish strong.

We have some great reads for you this month, starting with a summary of ISS’ latest Benchmark Policy Survey as we start to take a peek into some of the changes that may affect the 2020 proxy season. Some of the key  topics include board composition and capital structure, CEO compensation, and climate change risk oversight and disclosure.

The second article takes a look at executive compensation from an investor standpoint and goes over the most common types of compensation. It also provides some guidelines on how to evaluate the numbers, assisting potential investors in making their decisions.

The final piece is about a new rule from the DOL that is good news for small businesses and their employees. This new rule was passed this summer to aid small businesses in providing retirement savings plans to their workers. The article provides more detail on how the plans work and is a great step in the right direction for the security of American workers.

We appreciate each and every one of you and as always, let us know if there is a particular subject you’d like to learn more about or if you have any questions about the topics touched in this L-Blast.

Sincerely, Brent Longnecker and the L&A Team

2019 ISS Benchmarking Policy Survey – Key Findings

On Sept. 11, 2019, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced the results of its 2019 Global Policy Survey based on respondents including investors, public company executives and company advisors. ISS will use these results to inform its policies for shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2020. ISS expects to release its final policies in mid-November 2019 based on the results.


Evaluating Executive Compensation

Executive compensation is a significant thing to consider when evaluating an investment opportunity. Executives who are improperly compensated may not have the incentive to perform in the best interest of shareholders, which can be costly for those shareholders. While new laws and regulations have made executive compensation much clearer in company filings, many investors remain clueless as to how to find and read these critical reports. This article will take a look at the different types of executive compensation and how investors can find and evaluate compensation information.


U.S. Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Security for Millions of American Workers

On July 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a rule to help strengthen retirement security for millions of small business employees across America.

The rule makes it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs), which would allow small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to their employees.