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By Mord Bogie

The big public enterprises powering the U.S. economy?€”Churchill's Horses, in Bogie's metaphor?€”are underachievers, and we all are paying the associated fee. Why? the explanations are shrouded within the myths that those companies use to masks their nice energy and conceal the pursuits it serves. delusion: the shareholders who personal a public company keep watch over it by way of electing the administrators who govern it. Anti-Myth (fact): shareholders of a public company do not opt for the administrators, and the administrators do not govern the company. Shareholders do not even personal the company in any significant feel of the observe. but Churchill's Horses spend billions propping up the present fee in their stocks instead of make investments the cash of their (and our) destiny prosperity. utilizing many voices from present and up to date enterprise literature, Bogie leads you thru myths and anti-myths to appreciate how public agencies have misplaced concentration and neglected their most vital stakeholders. Few readers will emerge with all their assumptions and ideology intact.

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The money would be used to pay satisfactory dividends and preserve and increase its capital value, which is to say, its shareholder value. But to Sloan, the price of GM’s stock was essentially irrelevant to that value. Speculation never had any attraction for me. Other than a few professional operators, who has really got ahead by stock-market trading? Naturally, I like to see General Motors stock register a good price on the market, but that is just a matter of pride. Personally, I consider its price fluctuations inconsequential.

If you’re a shareholder, you’ve received the annual report with the CEO’s letter as well as a proxy statement prepared by management that describes what the shareholders will be asked to vote on. Included with the proxy statement is a proxy that allows you to vote in advance of the annual meeting without having to attend it—the corporate equivalent of an absentee ballot. 8 Issues on which shareholders vote are decided by proxy. If you’re a shareholder, that probably suits you fine. You don’t have time to attend the annual meeting, which this year may be held halfway across the country, but you’ve invested a substantial amount of your money in the corporation and intend to exercise your right to vote.

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