Are You Worried About Inflation?

Rising food costs…..gas prices doubling……housing costs going out of sight…..low wages…..

If you are worried then do not be so……

Why?

The CEOs are having a bumper year in 2022……

Even when regular workers win their biggest raises in decades, they look minuscule compared with what CEOs are getting. The typical compensation package for chief executives who run S&P 500 companies soared 17.1% last year, to a median $14.5 million, according to data analyzed for the AP by Equilar. That leap was the biggest since a 23.9% surge for 2010 compensation packages, according to the data analyzed by Equilar. The gain towers over the 4.4% increase in wages and benefits netted by private-sector workers through 2021, which was the fastest on record going back to 2001. The raises for many rank-and-file workers also failed to keep up with inflation, which reached 7% at the end of last year.

CEO pay took off as stock prices and profits rebounded sharply as the economy roared out of its brief 2020 recession. Because much of a CEO’s compensation is tied to such performance, their pay packages ballooned after years of mostly moderating growth. In many of the most eye-popping packages—such as Expedia Group’s, valued at $296.2 million, and JPMorgan Chase’s $84.4 million—boards gave particularly big grants of stock or stock options to recently appointed CEOs navigating their companies through the pandemic, or to established leaders they wanted to convince to hang around.

The CEOs often can’t cash in on such stock or options for years, or possibly ever, unless the company meets performance targets. But companies still must disclose estimates for how much they’re worth. Only about a quarter of the typical pay package for all S&P 500 CEOs last year came as actual cash they could pocket. Whatever its composition, the chasm in pay between CEOs and the rank-and-file workers they oversee keeps widening. At half the companies in this year’s pay survey, it would take the worker at the middle of the company’s pay scale at least 186 years to make what their CEO did last year. That’s up from 166 a year earlier.

I know I shall go to bed feeling less hungry because the CEOs are doing so well for themselves.

How about you?

***Obviously, in case you missed it, is sarcasm***

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“lego ergo scribo”

8 thoughts on “Are You Worried About Inflation?

  1. Everyone in most corporations make a wage or salary commensurate with the contribution they make to the overall bottom line of the corporate entity. When the ordinary shift worker on the production floor or the server at the fast food outlet makes a contribution to the corporate entity of the same bottom line value as the CEO, then that worker has every right to request a substantial raise in compensation.

      1. Most corporate entities have a library of job descriptions detailing required educational and experience levels plus performance reports from supervising associates … and if the applicant meets the company criteria for the advancement they are seeking, they are entered into competition with others in the same category and awards are made on the merits of personnel records, the application process and the interview. So no one who is qualified is excluded.

      2. Yes, picked and employed based on extensive review of their management results to the bottom lines of companies they have served.

  2. In this country, most board members of big companies only show up for a couple of meetings a year, and the Annual Report. (Many are also members of parliament) The ‘salaries’ they receive (plus stock options and bonuses) are just obscene. I would just nationalise everything, pay them no compensation, and give them a free ticket to fly to Nigeria. Or they can work for minimum wage delivering parcels.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I am sure that if your idea became a fact the big companies would disappear and so would all the goods and services they produce or distribute. How would that fly?

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