15 15 15 15 We would expect agency problems to be less severe in countries with

15 15 15 15 we would expect agency problems to be

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15. 15. 15. 15. We would expect agency problems to be less severe in countries with a relatively small percentage of individual ownership. Fewer individual owners should reduce the number of diverse opinions concerning corporate goals. The high percentage of institutional ownership might lead to a higher degree of agreement between owners and managers on decisions concerning risky projects. In addition, institutions may be better able to implement effective monitoring mechanisms on managers than can individual owners, based on the institutions’ deeper resources and experiences with their own management. The increase in institutional ownership of stock in the United States and the growing activism of these large shareholder groups may lead to a reduction in agency problems for U.S. corporations and a more efficient market for corporate control.
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CHAPTER 1 B-3 16. 16. 16. 16. How much is too much? Who is worth more, Ray Irani or Tiger Woods? The simplest answer is that there is a market for executives just as there is for all types of labor. Executive compensation is the price that clears the market. The same is true for athletes and performers. Having said that, one aspect of executive compensation deserves comment. A primary reason executive compensation has grown so dramatically is that companies have increasingly moved to stock-based compensation. Such movement is obviously consistent with the attempt to better align stockholder and management interests. In recent years, stock prices have soared, so management has cleaned up. It is sometimes argued that much of this reward is simply due to rising stock prices in general, not managerial performance. Perhaps in the future, executive compensation will be designed to reward only differential performance, i.e., stock price increases in excess of general market increases.
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CHAPTER CHAPTER CHAPTER 2 FINANCIAL FINANCIAL FINANCIAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, STATEMENTS, STATEMENTS, STATEMENTS, TAXES TAXES TAXES TAXES AND AND AND CASH CASH CASH CASH FLOW FLOW FLOW FLOW Answers Answers Answers Answers to to to Concepts Concepts Concepts Review Review Review Review and and and Critical Critical Critical Critical Thinking Thinking Thinking Questions Questions Questions Questions 1. 1. Liquidity measures how quickly and easily an asset can be converted to cash without significant loss in value. It’s desirable for firms to have high liquidity so that they have a large factor of safety in meeting short-term creditor demands. However, since liquidity also has an opportunity cost associated with it—namely that higher returns can generally be found by investing the cash into productive assets—low liquidity levels are also desirable to the firm. It’s up to the firm’s financial management staff to find a reasonable compromise between these opposing needs.
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