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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
The company gathering, usually held at the end of each fiscal year, at which the previous year and the outlook for the future are discussed and directors are elected by common shareholders. Shortly before each annual meeting, the corporation sends out a document called a proxy statement to each shareholder. The proxy statement contains a list of the business concerns to be addressed at the meeting and a ballot for voting on company initiatives and electing the new Board. This proxy ballot authorizes someone else at the meeting (usually the management team) to vote on investors' behalf.