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Infectious greed : restoring confidence in America's companies

Author: John R Nofsinger; Kenneth A Kim
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall/Financial Times, ©2003.
Series: Financial Times Prentice Hall books.
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Financial and corporate scandals have lead to a fundamental crisis in the American corporate system - one in which investors believe they have been thoroughly betrayed by the managers, boards,  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Nofsinger, John R.
Infectious greed.
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall/Financial Times, ©2003
(DLC) 2003271665
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John R Nofsinger; Kenneth A Kim
ISBN: 0131480332 9780131480339 0131406442 9780131406445
OCLC Number: 55642299
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 277 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. The Importance of Investor Confidence. Asleep at the Wheel. Investor Attitude. Investor Confidence and the Stock Market. Long-Term Economic Effects. Our Approach. Endnotes.2. The Structure of Corporations. Business Forms. People in Business. Separation of Ownership and Control. Can Investors Influence Managers? Are Investors Helpless? A System of Problems. International Monitoring. Summary. Endnotes.I. The Failure of Executives. 3. Executive Compensation and Incentives. Types of Executive Compensation. Base Salary and Bonus. Stock Options. Options and Accounting. Stock Options and (Mis)Alignment. Who Gets Options? CEO Pay Around the World. Hidden Compensation. Summary. Endnotes.4. Executive Behavior. Options and Fraud. Timing of Sales. Company Loans-A Potential Abuse. Grand Theft. Adelphia. Enron. Tyco. Why Do Some Executives Misbehave? Summary. Endnotes.II. The Failure of Monitoring Systems. 5. Accountants and Auditors. Accounting Functions. Auditing. The Changing Role of Accounting. From Management to Fraud. Fraud, Plain and Simple. Consultants. When the Auditor is also a Consultant. Fear of All Sums. An International Perspective. Summary. Endnotes.6. The Board of Directors. Current Board Regulations. More Attention on Directors. Who Are Directors? The Board's Functions. Problems with Boards. Is Enron's Board Partially to Blame? Summary. Endnotes.7. Investment Banks. Some Historical Perspective. Investment Banking Activities. IPO Problems. IPOs and Fraud. Structured Deals. Summary. Endnotes.8. Analysts. The Traditional Role of the Analyst. Can Analysts Predict? Analyst Compensation. Potential Conflicts of Interest. Analysts at Investment Banks. Just Who Is the Client? Changing Roles. Summary. Endnotes.9. More Failed Monitors: Credit Rating Agencies and Lawyers. Credit Rating Agencies. A Brief Historical Perspective. The Ratings. Criticism. Enron. Summary of Credit Agency Problems. Attorneys. Protecting Lawyers. Summary of Attorney Problems. Endnotes.III. Shortcomings in Enforcement and Investor Activism. 10. The Securities and Exchange Commission. The Securities Acts. Organizational Structure of the SEC. Assessment of the Acts and the SEC. SEC Problem Areas. Arthur Levitt's I Told You So. The Man in the Middle: Harvey Pitt. Summary. Endnotes.11. Investor Activism. What Is Shareholder Activism? Does Institutional Shareholder Activism Pay Off? Potential Roadblocks to Effective Shareholder Activism. The Future Role of Shareholder Activists. Summary. Endnotes.IV. Restoring Confidence. 12. New Rules, Regulations, and Policies. A Review of the Corporate Problems. Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Auditor Independence. Corporate Responsibility. Enhanced Financial Disclosures. Analysts' Conflicts of Interest. SEC Resources and Authority. Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability and Penalties. Summary of the Act. Other Proposals for Change. New York Stock Exchange. Expensing Stock Options. More Change. Endnotes.13. Create Good Incentives for Long-Term Solutions. The Power of Incentives. Our Recommendations. Stock and Stock Option Incentives. Insider Equity Sales. Changing Option Structure. Auditing Firm Incentives. Boards of Directors. Investment Banks and Analyst Incentives. Credit Rating Agencies. Shareholders. Summary. Endnotes.14. Regaining Investor Confidence. Protecting Investors (Not). Investor Confidence. Failing to Regain Confidence. Regaining the Confidence. Summary. Endnotes.Index.
Series Title: Financial Times Prentice Hall books.
Responsibility: John Nofsinger, Kenneth Kim.


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