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1. Shareholders and wealth accumulation are most important in the_______, while______ are more important determinants of value for continental Europe.
A. Former communist countries, wealth and revenue growth.
B. United States and United Kingdom, business continuity and inclusive stakeholder governance.
C. Capital goods sector, representative directors and legal governance structures.
2. Factors critical to the success of the shareholder model of value include:
A. Convergence of incomes across classes of workers.
B. Markets for corporate control.
C. Insolvent social security systems.
D. Emergence of the global economy.
E. Increased household assets held as equity.
F. Equity based management incentives.
G. Political and social upheaval.
H. Insolvency of social pension systems.
3. High-yield debt, as a major tool for restructuring companies, occasioned the rise of markets for corporate control during the 1980s.
A. True, because more money could be found to fund takeovers.
B. False, becausemore debt means less control over assets for shareholders.
C. True, because debt structures required managers to quickly transform free cash flow into high market returns.
D. False, because LBO transactions eventually fizzled out after the U. S. Congress passed the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.
4. Shareholders can align managers wit h enterprise goals by:
A. Requiring more frequent and detailed reporting of operations.
B. Replacing debt with equity, thus, forcing managers to invest in high-yield operational assets.
C. Issuing stock options and share grants to managers for achieving various levels of performance.
D. Reviewing management's hiring choices.
5. Ideological distinctions between labor and capital are blurring. Reasons and implications include:
A. Real spending by households is falling.
B. Increasing portions of pension fund assets are moving into equity.
C. Monopolies are privatizing.
D. Unionism is declining.
6. Public pensions are failing because:
A. Governments are mismanaging funds.
B. There is more claims fraud in public pension schemes.
C. Contribution rates are declining relative to retiree income claims.
D. Fund returns fall short of claims experience.
7. The arguments for public pensions to invest in market instruments include:
A. Inducement of higher contribution premiums.
B. Attractive returns can be found as funds transit from pay-as-you-go systems.
C. Government policies are decreasing the retirement age.
D. Savings need to derive from contribution premiums and investment returns.
8. List three factors that contribute to the U.S. lead in GDP per capita since 1975:
9. Why should shareholder wealth be the most important metric of corporate performance?
A. Equity holders have the most decision-making authority in the firm.
B. Most employees have funded pensions.
C. It shouldn't be. Job growth is the most important social goal on its own.
D. Managers will limit investment in outdated strategies...