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Winning Investors Over: Surprising Truths About Honesty, Earnings Guidance, and Other Ways to Boost Your Stock Price by Baruch Lev

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Chapter 10

In the Long Run, We’re All Dead

Why the Much-Maligned Investor Short-Termism and Managerial Myopia Are Myths

In This Chapter

  • Surprise: long-term investors dominate capital markets.
  • Investors’ myopia is often an excuse for ill-advised managerial decisions.
  • Monitoring long-term projects requires short-term benchmarks, but that’s not myopia.
  • Successful managers manage both the short and the long term.

“Breaking the Short-Term Cycle” is the dramatic banner of a joint call for action by the influential Business Roundtable and the CFA Institute aimed at freeing managers from the shackles of all those pesky short-term investors:

The Panel agrees that an obsession with meeting short-term expectations of varying constituencies too often ...

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