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Equity Compensation Trends, an Equilar publication, examines equity compensation design and granting practices of Equilar 500 companies over the last five fiscal years. The Equilar 500 tracks the 500 largest public companies, by reported revenue, with headquarters in the U.S. that trade on one of the major U.S. stock exchanges (NYSE, Nasdaq or NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX)), and adjusted to approximate the industry sector mix of similar large-cap indices. The report identifies company trends around awards and design of equity compensation for their management teams and employees. E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. offers independent commentary to provide insight and context based on experience regarding how companies structure equity pay.