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Assessing Risk in Compensation Incentive Plans
Feb 08,2017

This article provides a framework from which to evaluate whether compensation incentive programs, including equity incentives, encourage appropriate and not excessive levels of risk-taking among employees. The article discusses risk in the context of pay mix, performance measures, performance and payout curves, goal setting certification of performance, and participant communications.

Grist Report: FAS 123(R) Equity Restructuring Provisions: More "Devil in the Details"
Aug 01,2006

Amid the turmoil in the stock markets, life goes on as companies prepare to make stock option awards on their normal granting cycle. But uncertainties about the value of each option, which in turn affect how many options each participant receives, complicate granting decisions compared to more tranquil market environments.

Equity Design Ideas to Align Outcomes with Objectives
Aug 18,2020
Jennifer Namazi

Equity design ideas aimed at avoiding undesirable outcomes and better alignment with plan objectives.

Market Volatility and Burn Rates
Mar 17,2020
Barbara Baksa

How depressed stock prices can burn through your plan reserve and strategies to contain share usage.

Pay-for-Performance at Smaller-Cap Companies
Jan 02,2020
Jennifer Namazi

Willis Towers Watson reports findings on CEO pay-for-performance across small cap companies.

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Money Talks: Cash Awards
May 17,2017

The Role of Cash in a Global Equity Award Program

Top Trends in Equity Plan Design
Nov 09,2016

Find out the latest practices and trends in stock compensation!

Equity Awards: Creating Long-Term or Momentary Owners?
Jun 08,2016

Are the objectives of your company's equity plan being met?

Surveys & Studies

2017 Aggregate Share-Based Compensation
Sep 29,2017

FW Cook’s fifth study of aggregate share-based compensation. This report covers the three-year period from 2014 to 2016, and includes the following: company-wide annual grant rates, overhang, frequency and prevalence of long-term incentive plan share requests, allocation of long-term incentive pools to the CEO and other proxy officers, and prevalence of employee stock purchase plans (“ESPPs”).

2017 Top 250 Report
Aug 25,2017

This report presents information on long-term incentives granted to executives at the 250 largest U.S. companies in the S&P 500. The report covers LTI grant types and usage by industry, equity mix, vesting and other award terms, performance plan characteristics, CEO LTI grant value mix, and performance measure adjustments for impact of currency fluctuations.

2017 Trends and Developments in Executive Compensation
May 31,2017

This survey provides an overview of the current environment and signals the direction in which companies are moving with respect to executive compensation and corporate governance practices. This survey features responses from 118 companies across a diverse range of industries, covering topics such as annual and long-term incentive plan designs, Say on Pay, the CEO pay ratio, and more.

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