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Pay For Performance Not What You Expected

I don’t begrudge the $15.3 million annual salary that Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is knocking down this year, or even the $24 million that Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder will pocket.

The same goes for the $75 million that actor Robert Downey Jr. pocketed last year — more power to these gentlemen.

Indeed, all of them possess exceptional talents, and their agents negotiated the best money deals possible for them. These deals were struck in arm’s length transactions with rational, willing buyers of their talents — a professional baseball team and movie studio in these instances.

So big payouts such as those are fine by me. I don’t care.

1291201?profile=RESIZE_320x320But the same cannot be said for the exorbitant pay packages of corporate chief executive officers, which I find distasteful on two fronts.

First, the relationship between corporate…

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Debunking High CEO Pay For Performance

Stock_and_CEO_pay.jpg?1406128773&width=275In the business world, we're continually taught that high CEO pay is a necessary evil in order to attract top talent, and therefore, top returns.  Or "pay for performance" as they would have you believe. 

A recent analysis of CEO compensation data publicly released by Equilar oddly shows little correlation between the two.

This graph shows the pay of 200 CEOs and the stock returns of their companies: (click to enlarge)

The trend line—the average of how much a CEO’s ranking is affected by stock performance—shows that a CEO’s income ranking is only 1 percent based on the company’s stock return. That means that 99 percent of the ranking has nothing to do with performance at all. (The size and profitability of companies didn’t affect the random patterns.)

If “pay…

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What The 1% Don't Want You To Know

Hello Koch brothers, they're talking about you. It's no longer Gordon Gecko. Now it's Gordon Gecko's kids who inherited that wealth. Dynastic fortunes tend to take an ever-growing share of national wealth. You have a situation (now) where dynasties come increasingly more dominant of the top of the economic spectrum

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