Thursday's Headlines: Pay of Bank Executives is Under New Pressure

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U.S. regulators are again considering whether to require large financial firms to pay executives in the form stock or other deferred compensation instead of up-front cash. [WSJ]

Morgan Stanley replaced JPMorgan as the top banker for equity sales, led by low fees and deals in the U.S., China and Brazil. [Bloomberg]

The number of broker-dealers fell sharply in 2010, with many small and midsize dealers shutting operations. [Investment News]

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which will oversee derivatives markets in the U.S., has appointed Andrei Kirilenko its new chief economist. [FT]