Oh when the wolves (Oh when the wolves) go marching in (Go marching in) Oh when the Wolves go marching in I want to be in that number When the Wolves go marching in....
This was my first time to Wolverhampton and the "Black Country".
Two possible origins of the term Black Country.
(1) the exposed coal seams that run through the country (2) the smokey black fog that was prevalent in the 1800s.
I also learnt the gold and black colours of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC originate from the city's motto 'Out of darkness cometh light', with gold and black representing light and dark respectively.
Many Wolverhampton workers are feeling happy at the moment as they sit top of their football league table (Championship).
A topical question was asked on engage / divest conundrums. When a shareholder divests they may no longer influence the board/management. If coal [insert controversial item] assets are divested to a less responsible owner - is the problem solved or made worse?
The discussion revolved around needing both engage and divest prongs at work. Neither alone is as effective together. Discuss.
There is no simple answer, but universal owners such as index funds have a duty to engage; and active managers gain more returns if they do successfully engage - this paper would suggest.
If one puts the active ownership paper together with the work on the outperformance of Global Equity managers described here, one can start to build a defense of Active Management; where John Kay would argue Active Managers should compete on style and philosophyin any case.
If you'd like to feel inspired by commencement addresses and life lessons try: Ursula K Le Guin on literature as an operating manual for life; Neil Gaiman on making wonderful, fabulous, brilliant mistakes; or Nassim Taleb's commencement address; or JK Rowling on the benefits of failure. Or Charlie Munger on always inverting.