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Careless Language [PDF]
Speech written for the RFK Compass event in Cape Cod, June 17, 2015 (not delivered).

Speech for ICGN 2015 [PDF]
Document from which Bob Monks' 2015 ICGN was excerpted. Due to time constraints, he was not able to deliver the entire paper presented here.


A brief history of investment practices at Harvard.


Citizens DisUnited
Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream is an indictment of corporate executives divert shareholder assets to undermine democracy and enrich themselves, putting both capitalism and democracy at risk. Once again, Monks lays bare the problems of governance and government – problems that are undermining our democracy and creating a system controlled by CEO kings. He calls out the perpetrators by name and gives specific fixes that must be done -- immediately. 

Far too much of American business is being run for the personal enrichment and glorification of its manager-kings. This book shows how that happened and unveils, for the first time, a new study showing that corporations “un-owned” by their shareholders—corporate “drones”—are far worse corporate citizens and have significantly lower average shareholder returns than firms in which owners still exercise authority over management.

Paperback and Kindle versions are available through Amazon 


It’s plain for all to see, ESG research works
Opinion for the Financial Times - The evidence is clear that corporate governance and other “extra-financial” research can help to improve the performance of investment portfolios. That may sound like a bold statement, but to people steeped in this research, this is old news extensively chronicled in the growing literature on this subject.

An ugly sign of the times...
The persistent efforts urging the SEC to regulate proxy advisory businesses is an ugly sign of the times... it's advice that is the purchaser is under no obligation to follow and yet there is determined efforts to undermine the industry.  June 15, 2012.  see also this post at governmentcapture.com. 

The Capture of Corporate Governance - San Diego Law School February 16, 2012 [DOC]
Speech to faculty of University of San Diego School of Law, February 16, 2012.  "American corporations today are like the great European monarchies of yore: They have the power to control the rules under which they function and to direct the allocation of public resources. This is not a prediction of what’s to come; this is a simple statement of the present state of affairs. Corporations have effectively captured the United States: its judiciary, its political system, and its national wealth, without assuming any of the responsibilities of dominion. Evidence is everywhere..."

PACs are destructive
PACs are a destructive element and we must have public financing of elections. 


Judge Rakoff Rejects the SEC Deal with Citigroup
Robert Monks talks about Judge Rakoff's rejection of the SEC & Citigroup settlement, December 1, 2011.

AMEC Conference Brazil
Pre-recorded speech for AMEC Annual Seminar, Brazil, November 2011.  NOTE:  See also, L'Appel for ICGN Paris, September 2011 .

Debt as a function of government capture
The U.S. national debt is a symptom of government capture and corporate power.  November 10, 2011.

What is Capture?
Bob Monks discusses corporate capture of the government and its impact on the US financial crisis and economic recovery.  October 28, 2011

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