Why Restoring Investors’ Trust in Managers Is Now Critical

Capital markets during the first decade of the twenty-first century were hostile territory for investors. From the debacles of Enron and World-Com early in the decade to the collapse of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and Countrywide Financial at its end, and from the vanished investments in dot-coms and high-techs in 2000 to the massive losses of funds sunk into stocks, subprime mortgages, and commercial real estate, equity investors suffered mightily. Many corporate managers meanwhile enjoyed ever-increasing, sometimes detached-from-performance compensation, some even abusing stock option grants and helping themselves to outrageous perks and golden parachutes, all enabled ...

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