TotalFinaElf's Desmarest: Long-term view neglected

10/28/2002
Much of the recent debate on how to strengthen corporate governance, amid the spate of recent accounting scandals and high-profile big business failures, has tilted the debate too much towards the short term—at the expense of a company's longer-term outlook, investment strategy, and, ultimately, its ability to deliver robust profitability in the years and decades to come.Stakeholder expectationsAfter all, some investors are more attuned to a company's performance over the long haul. One group in particular comes to mind: institutional shareholders of retirement funds—that very investor group that is the focus of recent reforms in the US to strengthen oversight and offe...
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