WaPo provided its two cents on option backdating in an editorial appearing yesterday (see here). Its solution is to rein in the use of stock options, perhaps through regulation, and instead go with restricted stock. The reason: “options are opaque” and therefore “invite abuse.” Well that’s certainly a convincing argument for stripping corporations of a widely used compensation tool, and I’m sure if we went with regulation, the government would get it just right as historically has been the case in the executive comp area (yeah, right).
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Bill Sjostrom, WaPo on stock options, Truth on the Market (November 15, 2006), https://truthonthemarket.com/2006/11/15/wapo-on-stock-options/