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How CEOs Can Fix Capitalism by Steven Prokesch, Raymond Gilmartin

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How to Combat Short-Termism

Beware of Short-Term Management, Not the Short-Term Investor

Much has been made in recent years about the pernicious influence of short-term investors on corporate performance. I believe these arguments often miss a nuance: It is not the short-term investor but short-term management that is the problem. The short-term investor does not reduce the firm’s long-term competitiveness and value; short-term management does.

There is plenty of evidence to show that investors can and do trade stocks more frequently than they did decades ago. This by itself is not a surprise; after all, the costs and effort associated with trading stocks have gone down dramatically. Not surprisingly, some investors would ...

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