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Should corporate competition for investors be mentioned more often?

In the modern world publicly owned businesses have to compete for the favor of investors as well as that of consumers. Furthermore, where businesses only compete for consumers with other businesses in the same sector, competition for investors transcends sectors: Apple is in direct competition for investors with Pfizer, General Motors and Goldman Sachs.

Since investors and consumers have opposing interests (consumers want low profit margins, investors want high profit margins), actual profit margins are not solely based on competition for consumers, they will be higher, yet this is still the standard narrative of free market competition.

Should more emphasis be put on the role of competition for investors in the media and education? Do you feel the role of investors has increased, or not? What are your general thoughts on this subject?

  • Oct 25 2012: Maybe it should be. I know that I haven't thought of it.