Bankers lament Wall Street's focus on short-term results. But banking veteran Thomas J. Maier is finding out first hand how hard it is to change that orientation.

After working for 16 years as a chief financial officer at Illinois community banks, Mr. Maier in 1992 joined Chicago Corp. as a bank equity analyst. Now a senior vice president at Kemper Securities, Inc. the banker- turned-analyst still wrestles with the market's priorities.

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