Mutual Funds Weekly: How little shareholders can make a big impact on a company

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This week’s digest looks at the big impact little shareholders can make on a company, reports on a Papal warning about imbalances in the global economy, and highlights stocks that hedge-fund professionals are buying for their portfolios. Plus, hear what respected tech investor Masayoshi Son has to say about finding tech investments with payoff potential.

— Jonathan Burton

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Even small investors have this one superpower

It’s more than just voting a proxy — activist investors have made an impact in plenty of cases.
Even small investors have this one superpower

These ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks have risen as much as 31% this year

Popular consumer companies have underperformed, but a group including W.W. Grainger, T. Rowe Price and AbbVie are easily beating the S&P 500.
These ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks have risen as much as 31% this year

Here’s one theory why people in their 20s and 30s are reluctant to invest

Several studies suggest a majority of millennials are not invested in the stock market.
Here’s one theory why people in their 20s and 30s are reluctant to invest

Millennials haven’t saved two years’ salary — they’ve saved one week’s worth

The typical American family headed by a 30-something had only $1,000 in retirement savings.
Millennials haven’t saved two years’ salary — they’ve saved one week’s worth

Pope warns of ‘a ticking time bomb’ whose explosion would devastate market

Derivatives are ‘a ticking time bomb ready sooner or later to explode, poisoning the health of the markets.’
Pope warns of ‘a ticking time bomb’ whose explosion would devastate market

Who’d be foolish enough to buy Argentina’s 100-year bonds? The biggest fund companies

Fidelity, BlackRock, Lazard and PowerShares made what looks like a rookie mistake.
Who’d be foolish enough to buy Argentina’s 100-year bonds? The biggest fund companies

A popular energy fund is on the verge of its longest win streak ever, as oil rockets up

If it books one more positive session, it would mark the best winning run for the XLE on record.
A popular energy fund is on the verge of its longest win streak ever, as oil rockets up

Activity in this ETF shows where investors expect retail-sales growth to come from

Consumers have been voting with their dollars over the past several years, moving decisively to online retail over brick-and-mortar stores, and increasingly, investors are as well.
Activity in this ETF shows where investors expect retail-sales growth to come from

Here are the 20 stocks that the biggest hedge funds love most

Facebook tops list dominated by tech, media and internet shares.
Here are the 20 stocks that the biggest hedge funds love most

How to spot a great tech investment? SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son has the answer

Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, shared his insights and quoted Yoda, the Star Wars Jedi master, during a conversation with WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker at the CEO Council meeting in Tokyo.
How to spot a great tech investment? SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son has the answer

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