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Gadfly

A nickname for a "professional" securityholder who owns stock in various companies, attends annual meetings and asks senior management hard and often embarrassing questions.
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Gadfly

A slightly derogatory term for a shareholder who attends annual meetings of shareholders and asks the executives difficult questions. That is, the gadfly may question executive pay, ask why a dividend was not larger when it could have been, and may also generally point out issues about which other shareholders may not be aware. Obviously, many executives do not like the presence of gadflies, though shareholders may find them useful.
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All gadflies, of course, do not look or question alike.
In other words, gadflies get under your skin, cause a lot of irritation, do a great deal of damage and can sometimes be fatal.
As Jesus told his disciples, every generation wants to build shrines to the prophets of the past, but nobody wants these gadflies lampooning our own greed, arrogance, and corruption.
Acceptance of them won't keep the gadflies from hounding you, but it will offer some sensible rebuttals to their assertions.
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