Companies do more buybacks when their CEOs are cashing out options but don’t you dare call it insider trading

By Owen Davis

“One of the weird facts about executive compensation is that the numbers companies give to the SEC don’t really line up with how much cash executives actually take home. In 2014, for instance, the top 500 highest-paid executives reported an average fair-value compensation of $19.3 million. But if you calculate how much they actually made based on exercised stock options, the average comes out to $34.3 million.”…

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