2021 Lane Reports

Omidyar Takes on Shareholder Capitalism
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Omidyar Takes on Shareholder Capitalism By Marc J. Lane Although we see promising movement toward stakeholder capitalism, it’s far from universally embraced. Yet there’s no reason business shouldn’t more consistently play an essential role in creating and executing market-based strategies that benefit customers, address societal problems,...
Larry Fink Presses the Case for ESG
Monday, November 1, 2021
Larry Fink Presses the Case for ESG By Marc J. Lane BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s annual letter to corporate chiefs has taken on the prominent place in the sustainable investing world that Warren Buffett’s annual missive to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders has occupied for decades among value investors. Fink’s cautionary letter this...
Letís Close the Loophole in the Governmentís Right to Snoop
Friday, October 1, 2021
Let’s Close the Loophole in the Government’s Right to Snoop By Marc J. Lane The Fourth Amendment shouldn’t be for sale. But it is. The Constitution’s Fourth Amendment guarantees the right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searched and seizures by the government. The protection...
Code Red for Humanity
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Code Red for Humanity By Marc J. Lane The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just delivered the world’s leading climate scientists’ unvarnished assessment: rising global temperatures, unequivocally caused by human activities, are affecting every corner of the planet’s land, air and sea. Dwindling ice...
Letís Back Janet Yellenís Global Tax Deal
Monday, August 2, 2021
Let’s Back Janet Yellen’s Global Tax Deal By Marc J. Lane U. S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s proposal to achieve wider tax parity among nations and tamp down on companies moving from one country to another to cut their tax bills has now gained the support of all the G20 nations, the world’s largest economies, and nearly every...
Is Big Oil at a Tipping Point?
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Is Big Oil at a Tipping Point? By Marc J. Lane May 26 was a day of reckoning for Big Oil. On that day a Dutch court ordered Royal Dutch Shell to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 after seven environmental groups successfully argued that Shell must be held to an “unwritten standard of care” to uphold human rights. The same day,...
Enter Stakeholder SPACs!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Enter Stakeholder SPACs! By Marc J. Lane Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, have become the Next Big Thing. A SPAC is a shell company that’s listed on a stock exchange, but without having gone through much of the byzantine IPO process. It raises funds from investors to buy a yet-to-be-identified privately held company. If a suitable...
Closing the Wealth Gap Through Worker Ownership: A Fresh Look
Monday, May 3, 2021
Closing the Wealth Gap Through Worker Ownership: A Fresh Look By Marc J. Lane Lacking resources, power and hope, too many low-wage workers – especially those who are Black and Hispanic -- are struggling to buy homes, provide their children with a high-quality education, and enjoy good health. While 38 million people -- 15% of Americans -- report that...
For Income Investors, Itís Time to Think Outside the Bond Box
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Biden Tax Policy Likely to Make Section 529 Plans Even More Valuable By Kenneth N. Green, CPA, MBA We would like to sound a wake-up call to retirees and conservative investors who may be waiting for much better rates of interest on certificates of deposit (CD’s) and government securities. Those rates may not arrive for a long time, perhaps not in...
Biden Tax Policy Likely to Make Section 529 Plans Even More Valuable
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Biden Tax Policy Likely to Make Section 529 Plans Even More Valuable By Jeremy Kritt, JD The average tuition and fees at public universities in the United States has grown by 212% over the past 20 years. And private education at every level is growing increasingly expensive. President Joe Biden has consistently signaled his intentions to attack this...
California has legalized public banks. Should Illinois follow its lead?
Monday, February 1, 2021
Let's consider democratizing capital in Illinois and putting the public in control of its own future. Getty images. For just the second time in a century, a people-powered coalition successfully overcame the clout of big finance when California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill late in 2019 allowing the state's municipalities and counties to...
Race Is Nothing More Than a Social Construct
Monday, January 4, 2021
Race Is Nothing More Than a Social Construct. By Marc J. Lane Organized medicine is coming to terms with the reality that racism is a threat to public health and doing something about it. After all, it’s the consequences of racism -- not race itself -- that are responsible for differences in health status and outcomes too often attributed to race. ...

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