Through its research, blogs, and commentary, Farient is driving the conversation on executive compensation and governance issues.

October 14, 2010

A Holiday Message to Wall Street: Don’t Pay Out Bonuses Early

Tax cuts imposed during the Bush administration are set to expire in 2011, prompting some financial services firms to consider paying out annual bonuses before the end of the year, instead of the first quarter of 2011, after the numbers are out and audited. The reason for this largesse? Enhance employee morale and therefore shareholder value, according to one source in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

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October 6, 2010

TheStreet.com – “The Real Story” Podcast

Robin Ferracone speaks with Gregg Greenberg about Wall Street bonuses and how the Dodd-Frank Act with impact the executive compensation landscape. To access the audio interview, scroll to the 10/6 podcast titled “Casual Male’s Growth Plans, CEO of GOL, Wall Street Pay, Hot and Cold Stocks.” Ms. Ferracone’s segments starts at 24:10.

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October 1, 2010

Compensation Focus – “Ask the Expert with Robin Ferracone: Dodd-Frank Act Implications for Executive Compensation”

Robin A. Ferracone discusses the executive compensation provisions within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in WorldatWork’s Compensation Focus electronic newsletter.

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September 30, 2010

Farient Advisors, Leading Executive Compensation Consultants, Launch New Web Site, www.farient.com

The site embodies Farient’s goals of sharing the most up-to-date thought leadership on executive compensation and performance while providing corporate board members, compensation committees, the executive c-suite, and institutional investors valuable insights on pay and performance alignment, compensation committee processes, goal setting and other relevant topics.

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September 30, 2010

Dodd-Frank Could Have Been Worse, Much Worse

Some are proclaiming the Dodd-Frank financial reform act to be the most important piece of financial legislation since Sarbanes-Oxley.  Essentially, the Act ushers in changes in the governance of executive compensation in four primary areas: (1) non-binding Say on Pay; (2) clawbacks in the case of any material financial restatement; (3) increased disclosure around the relationship between executive pay and performance, and pay equity; and (4) rules around compensation committee member independence and compensation consultant independence.  But in reality, the Dodd-Frank Act could have been worse . . . much worse.

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