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Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion, co-authored by Jamie Dimon, chair and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Warren Buffett, chair of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., titled "Short-Termism Is Harming the Economy."
It made quite a splash, with lots of pundits opining that maybe these guys were onto something.
The truth is Buffett and Dimon's opinion is without merit. Worse, it's dangerous.
The "short-termism" they claim is harming the economy manifests itself in earnings guidance from managers of public companies.
As if CEOs' and CFOs' earnings guidance impacts America's $19.4 trillion economy. It doesn't.
The authors state, "Today, together with Business Roundtable, an association of nearly 200 chief executive officers from major U.S. companies, we are encouraging all public companies to consider moving away from providing quarterly earnings-per-share guidance. In our experience, quarterly earnings guidance often leads to an unhealthy focus on short-term profits at the expense of long-term strategy, growth, and sustainability."
It's a bait-and-switch – they want you to "watch the birdie."
Because what the authors really want to do away with isn't just earnings guidance… It's earnings reporting.
That's not my opinion: That's exactly what they've been advocating.
And it's not even close to being in investors' (which is to say our) best interests.
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Shah Gilani is the Event Trading Specialist for Money Map Press. In Zenith Trading Circle Shah reveals the worst companies in the markets - right from his coveted Bankruptcy Almanac - and how readers can trade them over and over again for huge gains.Shah is also the proud founding editor of The Money Zone, where after eight years of development and 11 years of backtesting he has found the edge over stocks, giving his members the opportunity to rake in potential double, triple, or even quadruple-digit profits weekly with just a few quick steps. He also writes our most talked-about publication, Wall Street Insights & Indictments, where he reveals how Wall Street's high-stakes game is really played.