Disclose relationship between executive pay and financial performance

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new rules that would require public companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and the company’s financial performance.

The proposed rules are designed to give shareholders more information when they vote to elect directors and make advisory votes on executive compensation.

Under the proposed rule, companies would be required to disclose in a table executive pay and performance information for themselves as well as companies in a peer group. Companies would be required to tag the information in an interactive data format.

Companies would be required to disclose executive compensation actually paid for their principal executive officer, with adjustments for pensions and equity awards. Companies also would be required to disclose the average compensation paid to their remaining executive officers.

For performance measures, companies would be required to report a total shareholder return metric for themselves and for companies in a peer group.

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