It would appear cash is king once again as a long-term incentive of choice for U.S. companies, yet equity-based incentives such as stock options are still an attractive retention tool, according to research from Buck Consultants.

The firm’s annual Global Long-Term Incentive Practices Survey confirmed that companies are substituting cash LTI for equity-based awards where it is appropriate. Additionally, the use of cash LTI awards increased in the U.S. at all employee levels (except CEO) and more than doubled over the past two years for vice presidents, directors and managers.

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