SEC floats new rules to shine light on executive compensation

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to propose rules that would require publicly traded companies to disclose how much money their top executives make.

The so called "pay versus performance" proposal is aimed at making it easier for investors to determine if executives are being appropriately compensated. "The proposed rules, which would implement a requirement mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, would provide greater transparency and allow shareholders to be better informed when they vote to elect directors and in connection with advisory votes on executive compensation," the SEC said in a news release.

Under the proposed rules, companies would be required to adopt a standardized form of disclosing executive pay and comparing it to company performance, including a comparison to industry competitors, according to The Hill.

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar told The Hill the proposed rules will help curb cases where executives reap massive paydays while their companies flounder.

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