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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With U.S. stocks recently suffering their worst quarter since 2007, European markets in turmoil over Greek debt and unemployment continuing at near-record lows, it's not an easy time to be a CEO.
It's tough to turn quarter-upon-quarter profits in hard times, perhaps tougher still to inspire overextended employees to continually improve efficiency and to retain the confidence of jittery board members. One could argue that corporate CEOs are finally being forced to earn their massive salaries. So, it's ironic that they may be less likely than ever to get them, thanks to a provision in the new Dodd-Frank financial overhaul legislation.
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