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On this week’s episode, we talk about:

Shareholder energy

Larry Fink, the chairman and CEO of BlackRock – and arguably probably the most highly effective individual in finance – has stated he needs his firm to place energy again within the palms of the individuals. The context is that BlackRock, the world’s largest asset supervisor, runs a number of passive funds, of the type that nearly everybody with a pension will spend money on, whether or not they understand it or not. Critics of passive funds say they don’t encourage good stewardship: shareholder democracy is supposed to be about “one share, one vote” – you personal a little bit of the corporate, so it is best to have a say in the way it’s run – however a giant asset supervisor like this successfully owns all of the votes. So what’s Fink’s resolution?

Stress in Bosnia

The UN has issued a warning over rising hate speech in Bosnia forward of nationwide elections later this yr. The intervention follows threats by Bosnian Serb chief Milorad Dodik to drag the nation’s Serb enclave – the Republica Srpska – out of key establishments, a transfer described as “tantamount to secession”. So is bother as soon as once more brewing in Europe’s yard – and does the West have the abdomen to confront an outbreak of violence?  

Anglican angst

Anglican church buildings exterior England could be given extra of a say within the collection of the subsequent Archbishop of Canterbury, beneath plans being mentioned by the church. This displays a shift within the international make-up of the congregation – Anglican church attendance is plummeting within the UK, however very wholesome abroad – and in addition an try to deal with the church’s colonial previous. However reforms meant to extend racial range may set again the illustration of different teams, together with girls and LGBTQ+ individuals, within the church hierarchy.