Author Archive

Headwinds for Employee Stock Options

Posted by:

For the past five years, US equities have been on a stunning uptrend, with the S&P 500 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF: SPY) increasing from 94.55 for the week of June 1, 2009 to 164.80 for the week of June 3, 2013. This move has been good news for recipients of employee stock options (ESOs) and other forms of share-based payment. Recent comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have been met with dramatic responses in both equity and ...

Continue Reading →

Selecting the Peer Group for a TSR Program: Real Performance or Risky Business?

Posted by:

The popularity of Relative TSR programs as long-term incentive plans for senior managers is due in large measure to a number of commonly acknowledged assumptions, or “conventional wisdom.”

  • Management will be incentivized to outperform their peers in a given industry when measured by the overall return of their employers’ shares over a fixed performance period. The choice of metric is assumed to align the interests of management with the interests of shareholders.
  • The choice of an appropriate peer ...
Continue Reading →
Page 2 of 2 12