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Study: CEO pay had lowest increase since financial crisis

Joe Mont | April 29, 2016

Total median CEO pay, excluding pensions, at large capital U.S. companies grew just 3.9 percent, the lowest increase since the financial crisis of 2008. That’s the conclusion drawn in a new study by ISS Corporate Solutions, a subsidiary of Institutional Shareholder Services, a leading proxy advisory firm.

The analysis—of CEO pay at S&P 500 companies reporting their annual financials through April 15, 2016—found that median pay stands at just under $10.5 million, compared with roughly $10.2 million in fiscal 2014. Including pension allocations, the median CEO pay raise was only 0.1 percent.

“Muted pay increases may reflect increased market uncertainty caused by energy price fluctuations and, more broadly, by spikes in market volatility indices that began to occur more frequently in the fourth quarter of...

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