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Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing$
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Joseph Stiglitz, Patrick Bolton, and Frederic Samama

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158633

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158633.001.0001

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L-Shares—Rewarding Long-Term Investors

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Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing

Patrick Bolton

Frederic Samama

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents a paper on loyalty shares (L-shares). L-shares reward buy-and-hold investors by granting them a call-option, or warrant, if they have held their shares for a prespecified loyalty period. These loyalty warrants (L-warrants), which can be offered by listed companies indiscriminately to all shareholders, would be especially attractive to shareholders seeking more long-term buy-and-hold investments. Currently, such shareholders have little choice but to invest in regular common stock and receive rewards that are essentially independent of the length of time they hold the shares. Moreover, these buy-and-hold shareholders are at a disadvantage relative to more speculative traders, who can cash in on a speculative option, or respond more quickly to news and exit before the buy-and-hold shareholders. L-shares would go some way toward redressing this imbalance between long-term and short-term investors. In particular, they would attract long-term nonspeculative investors, by providing a reward to those shareholders who have held their shares for a prespecified period of time, and they would repel day traders, momentum investors, and other short-term speculators.

Keywords:   loyalty shares, L-shares, loyalty warrants, long-term investment, investment strategy

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