Learning Curve: AGMS

As the row over CEO pay escalates, AGMs have become the battleground for shareholders to voice their discontent.

What are they?

The annual general meeting - the clue is in the name. This is your once-a-year chance, even as a small shareholder, to question the company's leadership in public and vote on the retention of board directors. You may also get 'a say on pay', expressing a view on the remuneration of top executives. For as long as most can remember, AGMs have been pretty placid affairs in the great City tradition: a nod here, a raised eyebrow there, but no drama. You turned up, got your free sandwiches and went home again. But change is afoot.

Where did they come from?

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