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Lobbyists as Directors Test Rules for Corporate Boards

Directors at some companies are paid to lobby for those firms or allied trade groups, while also helping set the CEO’s pay
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 15:23

At Louisiana health-care company LHC Group Inc., the board’s compensation committee has approved a 90% raise for the chief executive over

Companies Routinely Steer Analysts to Deliver Earnings Surprises

With nudges and phone calls, analysts are urged to lower their estimates, making it easier for companies to beat them; ‘a rigged race,’ says Barry Diller
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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 11:58

In April, AT&T 

CEO Pay Shrinks 4.6% but Offers Weak Reflection of Performance

None of last year’s 10 highest-paid chiefs among the S&P 500 ran one of the best-performing companies
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Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 14:19

Median pay for chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies slipped 4.6% last year, but the link between annual compensation and shareholder returns remained weak.

Big Investors Question Corporate Board Tenures

At 24% of major U.S. companies, most directors have been in place for at least 10 years
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 15:37

Large U.S.

Corporate Directors’ Pay Ratchets Higher as Risks Grow

Pay for nonexecutive directors of S&P 500 companies rose nearly 50% between 2006 and 2014
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 15:29

Director pay has received scant attention over the years as investors, regulators and the public have focused on soaring executive compensation. 

Inside America's Boardrooms

Companies of the S&P 500
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 13:30

Here's a look at the nearly 4,500 men and women who serve on the boards of companies in the S&P 500, including executives holding board seats.

Elvis and a Big Hunk o’ Tax Breaks

Expansion of Graceland is benefiting from controversial tax incentives
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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 18:59

Everything about Elvis Presley was big.

U.S. Corporations Increasingly Adjust to Mind the GAAP

The use of figures that exclude certain items is becoming more prominent in corporate filings
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 20:28

A financial obfuscation of the dot-com era is making a comeback: Hundreds of U.S. companies are trumpeting adjusted net income, adjusted sales and “adjusted Ebitda.”

Boards Get More Independent, but Ties Endure

Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:16

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives.

New Rule to Lift Veil on Tax Breaks

Accounting standard will require government officials to disclose value of property, sales and income taxes that have been waived
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:50

Cities and states have plied companies with tax breaks for decades hoping to attract jobs and commerce. A new accounting standard will force many to disclose the total annual cost.

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