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profit maximization and maximization of shareholder wealth

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The final stage in the interview process for an assistant financial analyst at Caledonia Products involves a test of your understanding of basic financial concepts and of the corporate tax code. You are given the following memorandum and asked to respond to the questions. Whether you are offered a position at Caledonia will depend on the accuracy of your response.

To: Applicants for the position of Financial Analyst
From: Mr. V. Morrison, CEO, Caledonia Products

Re: A test of your understanding f basic financial concepts and of the corporate tax code

Please respond to the following questions:

1. What are the differences between the goals of profit maximization and the maximization of shareholder wealth? Which goal do you think is more appropriate?
2. What does the risk-return trade-off mean?
3. Why are we interested in the cash flows rather than accounting profits in determining the value of an asset?
4. What is an efficient market and what are the implications of efficient markets for us?
5. What is the cause of the agency problem and how do we try to solve it?

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Book title: Foundations of Finance: Logic and Practice of Financial Management (6th Edition)
Author: Keown, Martin, Petty, and Scott

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1. What are the differences between the goals of profit maximization and the maximization of shareholder wealth? Which goal do you think is more appropriate?

The goal of profit maximization is short term whereas shareholder wealth maximization is a longer term objective which should be pursued by all organizational management because if they will look for shorter term gains, they might lose out on longer term wealth maximization opportunities. Hence, an organization should always take decisions from longer term perspective. If the focus will be on short term profit maximization, many strategic decisions can go wrong and the organization may lose out on opportunitie to maximize revenue, profitability or shareholder wealth in the longer ...

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Caledonia Products Case: Differences between goals of profit maximization and maximization of shareholder wealth; risk-return trade-off

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