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PN: the value of the shares is the value at a particular point in time. What people are interested in is the return rate, that is, the value of the shares with reference to at least two time points: when the shares were bought and now. So if "Shareholder value = share value" is to make any sense, "share value = share return".

The "best" way to increase the return rate of a company is a speculative bubble around it. As long as the investor gets off the bubble before it pops, he can get fantastic returns, and the returns are the larger the closer to the popping one gets. Sort of like playing blackjack with the timing of the bubble ;-)

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Dec 24th, 2006 at 04:43:07 AM EST
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