We were asked: "If I own shares of a mutual fund that invests in a particular company, can I attend that company's annual shareholder meeting?"

Well, technically, you're not the shareholder -- the mutual fund is. Usually, only a legal representative of the fund, such as the manager, can represent the fund as the shareholder of record. Still, it doesn't hurt to ask. Give the company a jingle, ask for the Investor Relations department, and inquire whether you might be allowed to attend.

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