Q: Pat, here and there I’ve read about “activist investors” involved with certain companies and wonder how beneficial, if at all, they are to smaller shareholders. They strike me as likely focused on shorter-term gains for that company in order to reflect positively on their own bottom lines. What do you think? Thanks and cheers!

A: In general, activist investors are individuals or groups buying a company’s shares with the intention of boosting shareholder value and ultimately pushing up its share price.

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