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Rethinking "Strength of Incentives" for Executives of Financial Institutions


  • John McCormack
  • Judy Weiker


The recent crisis has caused some finance theorists and practitioners to rethink the effects of managerial incentives on the total enterprise value of large financial institutions. This re-examination has identified and analyzed a number of potential problems with the use of equity-based compensation, including insufficiently long managerial time horizons as well as the temptation for excessive risk-taking provided by "asymmetric" payoff structures in which shareholders have virtually all the upside while debtholders bear most of the downside risk. In an attempt to address such problems, finance and governance scholars have increasingly explored the possible value of aligning managerial interests with those of not only shareholders, but other important corporate claimants such as debtholders and taxpayers. Copyright Copyright (c) 2010 Morgan Stanley.

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  • John McCormack & Judy Weiker, 2010. "Rethinking "Strength of Incentives" for Executives of Financial Institutions," Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Morgan Stanley, vol. 22(3), pages 65-72.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jacrfn:v:22:y:2010:i:3:p:65-72

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