The U.S. SEC Has a Cool New Tool: Who Would Have Thought?


You may find this hard to believe but I am about to use the words “S.E.C.” and “cool” in the same sentence. It’s true. The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has an interesting (read: cool) new online tool. It’s Executive Pay Finder allows you to search SEC filings to find out how much and in what form the nation’s top executives are being compensated. There are currently 500 companies included in the database. The SEC explains the tool:

This interactive tool is designed to illustrate some of the ways that interactive data can improve the quality and usability of executive compensation disclosure. It relies on interactive data tags that were applied by the Commission to the summary executive compensation disclosure in the public filings of 500 large companies for 2006.

The tool allows you to search for a specific company, by revenue, or even by industry. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for its search capabilities. Once you find the company or companies that interest you, the tool actually gives you the capability to compile them into a single table for comparison purposes and then, you can even send your data to a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet, create charts and graphs, Oh my!!!

For those of you who may be working on a compensation audit or getting ready to revamp your pay structure, this tool may provide some helpful insight. For the rest of us, it’s just plain interesting cool!

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