Fortune

NO MARGIN, NO MISSION

MOTOWNER Developer Cliff Brown is one of the entrepreneurs being financed by JPMorgan Chase in Detroit.

THERE IS PERHAPS no more central component to the free enterprise system than the profit margin. That margin allows companies to keep running, growing, and investing in the future. That’s Capitalism 101. And it’s a notion that’s worked pretty darn well over the centuries, lifting people out

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Fortune

Fortune13 min read
Your Drugstore Will See You Now
With last year’s acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health became the biggest publicly traded health care company in the world. But the costly acquisition hasn’t paid off yet—leaving consumers and investors wondering: Is getting health care from your pharmacy
Fortune1 min read
Winners and Losers in a $1 Trillion Buyback Year
AMERICAN BUSINESSES have been buying back their own stock at a wallet-scorching pace. In the five years through 2018, encouraged by solid profits and changes in the tax code, S&P 500 companies repurchased about $2.9 trillion in stock. And last year,
Fortune16 min read
Business Bets On A Quantum Leap
Quantum computing could help companies address challenges ranging from supply chains to climate change. And it’s finally moving from theory to practice.