Icahn Makes "Angry" Call To BlackRock's Fink

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Mark Melin
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A critical part of an activist investor’s strategy is to be heard loud and clear in the corporate boardroom – preferably by instilling a degree of fear in the management and corporate directors so they pay attention.  Diminishing the influence of an activist investor’s voice could dampen the effectiveness of their strategy. Carl Icahn’s angry phone call to Larry Fink It is for this reason that an “angry” phone call between activist investor Carl Icahn and BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK)’s Larry Fink is so interesting. In March Fink wrote a letter to CEOs of publicly traded companies and essentially told them…


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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.