Tomahawk, WI 02/05/2014 (BasicsMedia) – General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is now finally free of the government control. Though the federal government does not disclose its stock holdings or sales, it appears that they have disposed off the balance shares by December, 2013 as promised.

The Government Stake:

The federal government was forced to invest in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and other American auto makers during the crises of 2008. Instead of extending them loans, the government partnered with them through stock purchases. Only Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) did not opt for this. The government stake put some restrictions on these auto giants. They were forced to scale back development of some fuel guzzling but popular models. Ford was not part of this and could do what sold in the market. These companies could not declare dividends or even initiate share buybacks. Compensation to senior executives was also a sore point. Now with the government no longer holding any stake, General Motors may finally get to do and sell what the customer wants.

Pay Parity An Issue?

One issue it may like to tackle head on is the compensation issue of senior executives. General Motors has been complaining about this since quite long. However, there still exists a difference between the compensation packages paid to men and women. Such pay parity issues are often thought to occur only in other nations, but the surprising thing is that they occur in the United States as well. In fact the President has also commented on it. But it now appears that there is also an issue at the very top. It seems that the new CEO of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Mary Barra, will be drawing substantially less pay than the outgoing CEO Dan Akerson. And Mary has more experience in the auto industry and has risen from very low ranks.

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has announced that it will be declaring earnings results on February 6, 2014. The results will cover both the fourth quarter as well as full fiscal 2013.

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