Recent Research

April 2, 2019

Exile of Main Street: Providing a Voice to Retail Investors on the Proxy Advisory Industry

A majority of investors are unaware that proxy voting is rife with controversy. Conflicts of interest, robo-voting and transparency are issues shareholders and corporations have with the proxy advisory companies that make recommendations to investors. This Spectrem study explains the concerns investors and shareholders have regarding the proxy process and details those circumstances where investors would encourage increased SEC oversight of proxy advisory companies.

July 13, 2018

Study Finds Only a Quarter of Investors Believe ESG Investments Could Provide Greater Returns

Individual investors have little interest in, and understanding of, “socially responsible” investing, according to a new report from investment industry research firm Spectrem Group which shows that only 25 percent believe that these investments could provide a greater return than other products.

May 8, 2018

Investors Choose Exchange Traded Funds for Low Fees, Not to Promote Social Causes

Research into the views of ETF holders by the Main Street Investors Coalition finds a disparity between what the actual investors want and how some large institutional investors are using their funds that is potentially problematic.

January 4, 2018

2017 Proxy Season Review

Fewer and fewer retail investors are being heard at companies’ annual meetings. Case in point - according to a study by Broadridge Financial Solutions and PwC only 29 percent of retail investors voted on proposals in 2017. In contrast, 91 percent of institutional shareholders engaged that year. The difference is stark.

January 4, 2018

New Study by Spectrem Group Reveals that Most Public Pension Fund Members are Unaware That Their Pension is Underfunded and Not Meeting Performance Targets

Survey Also Indicates that Most Members Rank Maximizing Returns and Funding Levels for Their Pension Fund as More Important Than Investing in Social or Political Causes