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Institutional Investors’ Perspective: Priorities For '05

Stephen Davis and Jon Lukomnik | January 11, 2005

Remember the old days when corporate executives stood astride the known world, masters of markets? Today, with fetters such as Sarbanes-Oxley, residents of the C-suite feel they are doing something closer to dancing atop a basketball.

To help keep your balance, here’s an early warning signal of the top 10 issues coming your way in 2005, plus early tips on missteps bound to cause tumbles.

  1. Conflicts of Interest.

    No sighs of relief just because New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is aiming to exchange his prosecutor’s job for that of New York governor. In fact, the vote- and attention-getting potential of additional investigations makes scouring the market for more conflicts of interest something of an electoral imperative for all AG’s and governors in waiting.

    What makes Spitzer so newsworthy is his ability to focus like a laser on conflicts that exist in plain sight. The only question is which emperor without...

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