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Let's Redesign Executive Pay

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

I've been looking back a lot, partly because I tend to look forward toward a future that requires us to make radical changes now. One of the greatest crises we face is the growing gap between the rich and the rest.

San Francisco Is Made of Gold

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.11.2014 | San Francisco
Andrew Lam

Despite gridlocked freeways, longer commute times, greater air pollution, loss of open space, and, of course, urban sprawling and overcrowding, the young and hopeful continue to flock here. But is it worth it?

Top 3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Issuing Equity

Lili Balfour | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Too often, I see entrepreneurs freely giving away equity as compensation without realizing the extent of dilution they are causing.

The Good Old Days When Acquisition Meant Making Money...

Gil Laroya | Posted 06.28.2013 | Small Business
Gil Laroya

It used to be, many years ago, that a person could start a business, grow that business into one where its products or services became attractive to p...

Covered Calls: The Hidden Wall Street Strategy Every Investor Can Use

Tyrone Jackson | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Tyrone Jackson

For decades, covered call option selling has been a well-kept Wall Street secret used largely by savvy Hedge Fund managers. Today, no matter what your background, the online trading software in most brokerage accounts has made it possible for the retail investor to profit right along with the big boys.

These Companies Are Pocketing Billions From Little-Known Tax Break

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

Hundreds of Fortune 500 companies are reaping billions at the expense of Uncle Sam because of a legal tax break that critics claim defies "common sens...

Total Compensation: Understanding Benefits Packages in Your Job Search

Sudy Bharadwaj | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business
Sudy Bharadwaj

Employee benefits packages include a few typical items. As you read through this list, consider what benefits are essential to keeping your family afloat and what benefits would be considered perks in your life?

Wall Street Gets Inventive With Bonuses

Fortune | Nin-Hai Tseng | Posted 02.07.2013 | Business

FORTUNE – As Wall Street bonus season comes into full swing, UBS AG is the latest bank doing things differently to reel in excessive pay. On Tuesday...

Republican's Surprise About-Face

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson will be receiving stock options for a previously uncompensated corporate board position. ...

$21 Million Pay Raise?

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2012 | Business

BOSTON (Reuters) - Technology company Oracle Corp increased billionaire CEO Larry Ellison's compensation for last year by 24 percent. E...

Facebook To Save $16 Billion In Taxes On IPO

Bloomberg View | Paula Dwyer | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business

Bloomberg View: Facebook Inc.'s IPO will create billions in new wealth for its founders, employees and investors. It will also save the company bil...

Why It's Good To Be Vampire Squid

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein received total compensation of $16.1 million in 2011, a 14 percent increase from the year before. ...

Facebook Getting A Huge Tax Break, Despite Big Profits: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

Facebook's recent decision to go public may be a boon for the company in more ways than one. Facebook is structuring its initial public offering i...

Executive Compensation's New Normal: A Missed Opportunity

Ed Lawler | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business
Ed Lawler

Executive pay in the U. S. skyrocketed to reach an all time high in 2010. Looking ahead, we will likely find that the pay distance between executives and the rest of their organizations has gotten even greater.

Insurance Executives' Get-Rich-Quick Scheme -- Using Your Premiums

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business
Wendell Potter

You might be surprised to learn that more and more of the dollars you pay for coverage are being sucked into a kind of black hole. It doesn't really disappear, of course.

CEO's Bonus 16,700,000 Percent Larger Than Earlier Salary

Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Maria Aspan) - Citigroup Inc (C.N) has awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit a $16.7 million retention bonus, plus stock options -- a fa...

10 CEOs Who Got Rich By Cutting Jobs

Mother Jones | Josh Harkinson | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

The insecurity of the middle class has a lot to do with how executives are paid. Bonuses pegged to stock prices encourage CEOs to mercilessly outsourc...

The 10 Highest-Paid CEOs In 2010

AP | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business

(AP) The 50 highest-paid CEOs for 2010 in an Associated Press analysis for Standard & Poor's 500 companies. The analysis includes companies that had t...

Walmart CEO Gets A (Small) Pay Cut

AP | By MAE ANDERSON | Posted 06.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. received a pay package in 2010 worth $18.7 million, a 4 percent dip from the year before, according to an ...

Trend Reversals

Pamela Rosenau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pamela Rosenau

The extremely undervalued, large cap quality stock universe is finally showing signs of life. Since late November, value stocks have been outperformin...

The 10 CEOs With The Largest Stock Option Grants

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The following are the ten CEOs who received the largest stock option grants in 2009. Together, they enjoyed gains which totaled $230 million based on ...

Amatuer Options Trading: 'Iron Condor' Strategy Spurs Rise

bloomberg.com | Margaret Collins and Jeff Kearns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Volume in the U.S. has tripled since 2004 to a record 3.61 billion contracts in 2009, while trading by individual investors in the same period has inc...

How Stock Options Became Toxic

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Philip Neches

Today's stock options often draw the public's ire for encouraging short term thinking and extreme risk taking on Wall Street. But it wasn't always this way.

Can We Provide Better Financing for Food Aid in Emergencies?

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Emergency food aid would be more effective if it were financed on a multi-year, cash basis -- rather than on a year-by-year, reactive basis -- using forward contracts, call options, or other instruments available on futures markets.

High CEO Pay May Correlate With Lower Long-Term Stock Value, According To Two Studies

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The defenders of Wall Street pay usually rely on a rather familiar argument. It goes something like this: CEOs demand millions because they deliver pr...