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Since most hedge funds get paid based on their returns for the year, managers who do not want to underperform the market often turn to shareholder activism as a way to increase shareholder value and ultimately boost their returns.

Here at Stockpickr.com, we track many of the latest activist situations for those interested in piggybacking the best

activist investors

. This week's activist ideas are particularly focused on small and mid-sized companies, including

Strategic Hotels

(BEE)

and

Taylor Capital

(TAYC)

.

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