Shareholders meeting changing with timesWritten by Eric Newman
A significant number of corporations that settled accounts in past year are ready to hold their annual shareholders meetings. In this year's meetings, more than 300 companies plan as their main focus of attention defense measures against hostile takeover bids. Interestingly, more companies have introduced systems to allow shareholders to vote via internet and cell phones to accommodate new means, and will hold shareholders meetings on different dates from other firms. This year also has seen firms more desperate to secure long-term stockholders by placing more importance on interests of shareholders. According to a Forbes magazine survey, among more than 130 companies considering defensive measures against corporate takeovers, ten may introduce so-called poison pill defense of issuing share warrants to counter such actions. Also, 90 of those firms plan to propose revisions of their corporate charters to expand possible issuance of authorized stocks at this year's meetings. A new corporate law that is set to be enacted next year will liberalize rules on so-called triangular mergers, in which foreign companies buy up various firms using their own shares. For each of companies, introduction of defensive measures against hostile takeover bids is an urgent task. But unfortunately, some of measures do not necessarily benefit shareholders.
Find the best mortgage companyWritten by Eric Newman
If you do not wish to commit to living in one place for at least a few years, then owning a house is probably not for you, at least not yet. With transaction costs of buying and selling a home, you may end up losing money if you sell any sooner. But if you think you are ready, you probably need to find a mortgage loan. Finding a mortgage companies or lenders can be an arduous task. This is a serious decision and you should be ready to invest some time to research mortgage loan options and understand mortgage loan process. There are many lenders and you should contact several potential lenders to search best mortgage companies and lenders. The easiest way to contact several lenders or brokers is online. Let them compete for your loan. Today, most mortgage companies and lenders provide simple online forms or questionnaires. This way, lenders or mortgage companies can directly contact you to promote or discuss your mortgage loan and determine how they can best serve your needs. Once you have spoken with a loan officer then you can usually move forward with an application process for credit. As you receive offers from various lenders and brokers you need to compare apples to apples to make sure pricing is comparable.