6 Mistakes Rookie Activists Make And How To Avoid Them

By Karlee Weinmann (June 19, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT) -- Shareholder activism is officially mainstream, having lured a slew of new players and a deluge of investor dollars in recent years as it continues to deliver substantial payouts. But newcomer funds need to be careful to avoid certain missteps that could derail reputations and, ultimately, returns.

Despite its popularity, staging an activist play isn't a simple or easy process. It's a nuanced one that requires plenty of research and a distinct awareness of market dynamics, underpinned by an attention to nitty-gritty rules that shape the process of taking a position and leveraging it for change.

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