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Old 06-11-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Anyone else getting harassed by American Century?

The same 866 phone number shows up on caller ID just about every day and usually I don't answer unless I want to express my desire that they stop calling. It's American Century hounding me about voting my shares on the proxy (and to politic for voting for their recommendations).

I've told them that the best way to ensure that I *don't* vote is to keep harassing me with unwanted calls every day, but that doesn't seem to matter. I'm tempted to dump their funds (I don't own much and it's not a core holding) and tell them why. I have little patience for unsolicited phone calls for this sort of thing, especially when it's not a one-and-done.

Can't wait for this stupid deadline to pass. Maybe they'll knock it off.

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

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Old 06-11-2010, 02:49 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:50 PM   #3
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Vote your shares and the phone calls will stop. It costs a company a lot of money when shareholders don't vote enough to reach a quorum or whatever you want to call it. You can vote online. You can vote against all the recommendations. Just vote. If you don't vote, I'm going to start sending you messages 4 or 5 times a day.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:09 PM   #4
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One more reason I don't miss the landline! I was on the no-call list, but the Jaycees, and Kiwanis and whomever insisted on calling, even though I told them just send the frickin' envelope, and I'll donate.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:47 PM   #5
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Ask the caller if s/he is having a nice day? Where are they calling from? What's the weather like there in the summer time? S/he is a person too and they are just doing their job.
Spend ten minutes chatting up the caller. You'll feel better. S/he'll feel better. It will put you both in a better frame of mind for dealing with life after hanging up the phone.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #6
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I've been getting repeated calls from some Cardmember Services offering to lower the interest rates for my credit cards. "Please press 1 and our representtive will assit you." I've hung up at that point a dozen times already. Anyway, yesterday I spent a good 15 minutes on the phone with the rep asking all kinds of inane questions. He fianlly realized I was yanking his chain and hung up on me. I doubt they'll call me again. And I don't even care what the interest rates are because I always pay the balances in full.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:52 PM   #7
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I've been getting repeated calls and letters about a proxy too. My mutual fund wants to add an "incentive" pay structure, so that I still pay the regular fees, but now IF the fund goes up in value the managers get an extra percentage of the increase. I VOTED NO, because they didn't have HELL NO as a choice.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:41 AM   #8
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I didn't get phone calls from them but I did vote at least twice on the recent proxies after they mailed the ballot again. I own their funds both directly thru them and indirectly through Schwab. I agree with LOL on this one and if for some reason they don't get my ballot, I'll vote again.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:22 PM   #9
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The poor fund just needs to round up enough votes, yea or nay. They have to keep calling shareholders until they reach that number.

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