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Citigroup Scores ~Cash for Clunkers~ Contract

August 10th, 2009  |  Source: TheStreet

Citigroup(C Quote)has reaped considerable scorn for the significant investments the government has made to keep the company afloat. But being on the dole has its privileges — as possibly evidenced by the report today that the Obama administration has awarded Citigroup a $7.7 million contract to help administer the “cash for clunkers” program.

Word of the contract comes as the Senate approved late Thursday a $2 billion extension of the program.

Does shareholder gain mean loss for society?

August 7th, 2009

Back in March the FT reported that Jack Welch, the former chief of General Electric and champion of shareholder value since the 1980s, had declared the idea that company managers should concentrate on it to be ‘dumb’. His apparent conversion prompts one to ask how different interpretations of shareholder value might influence business behavior, and what might be the economic, social and political implications of that.


Goldman Sachs faces probe

August 7th, 2009

No one should be surprised that Goldman Sachs has been asked by regulators for information regarding its compensation practices and its derivatives practices. Chances are that all banks have been asked for similar information. Goldman Sachs’ said it is cooperating with regulators, which were not specifically named, in a recent SEC filing, according to the AP.


Overall Asset Impact in a Value Network

August 5th, 2009  |  Source:

Indicators and Metrics for Monitoring and Predicting Performance


Slow Money: Inaugural National Gathering

August 2nd, 2009

SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2009

Slow Money. It’s a new economic vision. It’s an emerging network of investors, donors, entrepreneurs, farmers, and activists committed to building local food systems and local economies. It’s about the soil of the economy. It’s the beginning of the “nurture capital” industry.

The military-climate link

July 30th, 2009


Social Capital Markets (SoCap 09) conference in SF this September

July 24th, 2009

With investors bruised by traditional institutions, the trend toward socially-responsible investing, or “impact investing,” is moving significantly into the mainstream.


Anger at Goldman Sachs?

July 21st, 2009  |  Source: New York Times

Jim Kim of FierceMarkets asks:

Is there any resentment simmering out in the public over Wall Street’s return to big earnings and big bonuses?

Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News commentator, likened Goldman Sachs bankers to pigs during a segment on his TV show. “You’ve got to make an example of the big boy,” he said. “And this is the big boy.”

Jon Stewart said this: “Goldman Sachs makes $3.4 billion in profit from April to June. I guess the bailouts are working, for Goldman Sachs.”


Deloitte Report Highlights Missed Opportunity to Leverage Pro Bono Support

July 21st, 2009

Nonprofits and corporations alike are overlooking a rich opportunity to offset the decrease in corporate giving dollars by utilizing pro bono and skilled volunteer support, according to the 2009 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey

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