CEO Stock Options Drive Income Smoothing

[A] new study finds that to a large extent, [any benefit from income “smoothing”] actually depends on the relative volume of stock and stock options held by the CEO. Prior research has offered two competing explanations for corporate income smoothing, notes the study, “Managerial Equity Holdings and Income-Smoothing Behavior,” published in the spring issue of…

Performance-Based Compensation May “Die” Under the Tax Cut Legislation

An amusing but telling “obituary” for performance-based compensation by Dan Walter outlines the consequences of doing away with the tax benefits for pay linked to stock price increases. The proposed tax reform bill of 2017 would eliminate many of the time-tested and successful components of equity compensation, effectively removing one of the three legs of…