How's Your Pay? Probably munificent -- and nearly risk-free -- if you're a U.S. chief executive. While a few companies reward the boss sensibly, many enrich him regardless of results. For many workers, the opposite trend is taking hold: compensation tied to performance. If it makes sense for the troops -- and it often does -- then why not at the top? CEOs: No Pain, Just Gain

No wonder they say it's lonely at the top. Down here in the real world, as the country struggles to climb out of recession, profits are flat at most companies. Unemployment jumped to 6.8%...

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