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Why Do Firms Spin-off Divisions, and Is it Good for Investors?

A look at the General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Toshiba Spin-off announcements

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Breaking up is hard to do — and sometimes takes a while. In the last few weeks, there have been a flurry of announcements from iconic firms, all founded well over a century ago, regarding their pending breakup into…

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Stephen Foerster

Stephen Foerster

I’m a Finance prof, CFA, and author of In Pursuit of the Perfect Portfolio (with Andrew Lo). I write stories about investing. (I don’t give financial advice.)