In examining the companies in which they have holdings, shareholders have become more forceful and willing to ask questions, a new survey shows.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in its survey on the state of global corporate governance, said almost three-quarters of the 310 polled senior asset managers think shareholders have upped inspection levels upon the companies they own. "Everybody is obviously on their guard and therefore having to make sure that they put their own house in order," EIU Editorial Director Daniel Franklin told Reuters about executives.

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