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It’s been a record year for CEO compensation

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In 2023, Broadcom’s CEO Hock Tan was granted a stock award worth $161 million, propelling him into the realm of highest-paid CEOs.

However, as the company’s share price surged, the value of Tan’s award skyrocketed to approximately $1.3 billion, outpacing even the shareholders’ annual returns.

Tan’s compensation reflects a broader trend among top executives in the tech sector, where awards of restricted stock and stock options surged in value alongside company share prices.

Notably, CEOs like Charles Robbins of Cisco Systems and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe also saw substantial increases in their compensation, doubling in some cases.

The disclosure of such equity growth in executive compensation is a new requirement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), providing shareholders with insights into the changing value of executives’ awards throughout the year.

CEO pay is on the rise.

New heights

Overall, CEO pay at major S&P 500 companies reached new heights in 2023, rebounding from slower growth in the previous year. The median pay for these CEOs rose to $15.6 million, up from $14.1 million in 2022, reflecting a surge in equity awards.

Broadcom clarified that Tan’s stock award is designed to span five years, with no plans for additional equity grants or cash bonuses during that period.

Tan’s compensation, which amounts to approximately $33 million annually over five years, is contingent upon his continued tenure and specific share price targets.

While the initial valuation of Tan’s restricted shares stood at $160.5 million, the surge in Broadcom’s share price prompted the company to reassess the likelihood of meeting vesting conditions.

This reassessment suggests that Tan may not receive all the shares initially granted.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Workers rush back to their desks over job fears

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Workers across Australia are rushing back to their desks, driving office utilisation rates to their highest levels since February 2020.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays emerge as the busiest in-office days, contrasting with the continued reluctance to return on Fridays.

This insight, drawn from XY Sense data based on 18 enterprise customers in Australia employing approximately 68,000 individuals across 127 buildings, reflects a significant shift in workplace dynamics.

The surge in office attendance coincides with a resurgence in workplace attendance mandates and policies linking physical presence to bonuses and performance reviews.

However, co-founder of XY Sense, Alex Birch, suggests that rising job insecurity, rather than these policies, primarily drives this behavioral shift.

“The pendulum has moved towards the employer, and therefore people feel more obliged to go back into work,” commented Mr. Birch.

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Danielle Wood, chairwoman of the Productivity Commission, anticipates this trend to persist as the job market softens.

She notes a disparity between employer and worker perceptions regarding the productivity benefits of hybrid work arrangements, hinting at potential shifts in the employment landscape.

Meanwhile, economists at the e61 Institute observe a partial reversal of the pandemic-induced “escape to the country” trend.

Rent differentials between regional and capital city dwellings, which narrowed during the pandemic, are now widening again.

This trend suggests a diminishing appeal of remote work options and a return to urban commuting.

Aaron Wong, senior research economist at e61, said the emergence of a “new normal,” characterised by a hybrid lifestyle that blends access to office spaces with proximity to lifestyle amenities such as natural landscapes.

While regional rents decline, rents for homes on the urban fringe surge, reflecting evolving preferences shaped by remote work opportunities.

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Why resilient economy is fuelling demand for Australian property

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Despite inflationary pressures, Australian house prices have surged to a record high for the fifth month in a row, as indicated by CoreLogic data.

Australian house prices have not only weathered inflation but have also soared to unprecedented levels, marking the fifth consecutive month of record highs, according to data from CoreLogic.

This resilience reflects the enduring demand for property in the country, showcasing the sustained interest of buyers despite challenging economic conditions.

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Three reasons why you don’t need to panic about inflation

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Inflation in the US has exceeded expectations for the third consecutive month, driven by increases in essential commodities such as oil, electricity, takeaway food, and medical costs.

  1. Despite a 3.8% year-on-year rise in CPI, it’s notable that this figure has decreased from its previous 9% high.
  2. The robust CPI and economic growth numbers suggest a positive outlook for US corporate earnings.
  3. The S&P500 has seen five 1% drops this year, all of which were met with investors buying the dip.

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