Meanwhile, rising corporate taxes are bad for Wall Street because they reduce the cash flow to stockholders and, therefore, shave off every profitable listed company's intrinsic value. "Higher tax rates mean lower earnings," Quo Vadis President John Zolidis said. "Higher tax rates also reduce a company's economic return. A business' economic return (how much value it creates for shareholders) determines in part what multiple it should trade relative to earnings. A lower return equals a lower multiple. Thus, higher tax rates for corporations will result in lower earnings (the 'E') and also justify a lower earnings multiple (how you get to the 'P' in the price to earnings ratio (PE)."