This week's notable news, research and executive moves:

The SEC's newly proposed proxy ballots could potentially list eligible nominees on proxy cards in an effort to provide shareholders with the option of splitting votes for a mix of management and shareholder nominees, according to a report from AST Fund Solutions. While this issue led the discussion at a recent SEC roundtable meeting, some participants also discussed the potential "unintended consequences" of universal proxy ballots, while also shifting towards how to determine which candidates appear on the ballots. There was also some discussion on how to mitigate any issues with the voting system as well as the potential increased risk of over-voting as a result of universal proxy ballots, AST's recap of the discussion noted.

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