1. The rise of activist investing has raised the question of whether these types of investors are helping or hurting American companies. Please answer the following:
a. What exactly is activist investing?
b. What benefits does activists bring to companies?
c. What negatives does activists bring to companies?
d. Discuss at least three recent activist moves made by investors in the marketplace (within the last year). Discuss the rationale for activists becoming involved in each situation. Has their presence helped or hurt the company? Have their moves helped the companies outperform or underperform the market?
e. What effect does activists have on corporate governance and strategic decision making?
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