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While many employers are expecting declining shareholder values in 2011, most still plan to pay executive bonuses that match or go above 2010’s awards and fund bonuses at or above target levels, according to a survey by Towers Watson, a global professional services company.

The survey, which includes interviews from 265 mid-size and large organizations, reveals that 61 percent of respondents believe their total shareholder return for 2011 will fall or remain stagnant while they expect their 2011 annual bonus pools to be as large or larger than those for 2010. Another 58 percent of respondents anticipate funding their annual incentive plans at or above target levels based on their companies’ year-to-date performance, and 48 percent of respondents say long-term incentive plans that relate to explicit performance conditions are to be funded at a minimum of target levels based on year-to-date performance.

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