Most CEOs Now Receiving a Combination of Equity Awards

According to a recent Mercer Analysis the granting of a single type of equity awards is distinctly a minority practice among companies in the S&P 500, with just 3% of CEOs receiving options only, 3% receiving restricted stock only and 9% receiving performance shares or performance cash only. Approximately one-third of the CEOs were granted a combination of all three, with an average weighting of 28% options, 30% restricted stock and 42% performance awards. Typically, performance awards account for the greatest proportional...

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5 Possible Scenarios That Can Impact Equity Compensation

From the 2001 dot-com bubble collapse to the 2008 economic downturn and recent changes to taxation law, we have all learned that when it comes to planning for the future, we must forecast for all eventualities. Negotiating your equity compensation is no exception: it is important to play the long game and be aware of the factors that will affect your package – both its value and the tax implications – now and into the future. While no-one has a...

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Intended Uses of Stock Plan Assets

A recent survey by Fidelity found that saving for retirement is the overwhelming top use of stock plan assets among the US employees surveyed. Here's the breakdown: Intended Use of Stock Plan Assets Percentage of Surveyed US Stock Plan Participants Reinvestment in retirement-savings account 41% Payment of bills or debt 14% Investment in stocks or mutual funds 13% Emergency fund 9% College funding 6% Home purchase 6% Home improvements 5% Special events 3% Other uses 5%  

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