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Table: What You Can Find in Corporate Proxy Statements


Where to look and what to look for:

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

Make sure salary hikes for CEO and other top executives are in line with those at similar companies and bonuses are tied to performance

OPTIONS GRANTS TABLE

See whether directors are giving execs overly generous stock options grants to pad compensation at a time when cash bonuses are getting slashed

OPTIONS GRANTS SECTION

If company has repriced stock options, it may signal that top executives were rewarded even when the stock's performance fell short

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Lists payments nonemployee directors received for extra services, such as selling insurance to the company or helping to broker an acquisition

INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS SECTION

Will tell you if the accounting firm the company hired to audit its books received extra compensation for consulting work and other services


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