Does Activist Investing Work? These Success Stories Say Yes

Activist investors take stakes in companies to boost shareholder value. While not always successful, these five examples show activist investing can work.

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Ask 10 investment professionals to define "activist investing," and you'll likely get 10 different answers. 

As one example, Olstein Capital Management, a value-oriented investment firm based in Purchase, New York, defines activist investing as "a unique form of value investing targeting companies that have significantly underperformed their peers or the overall market for a considerable period of time."  

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Will Ashworth
Contributing Writer,

Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.