Market Volatility and Employee Stock Option Values

The stock market has been on a roller coaster over the last few month, but in general the S&P 500 index is still near its all time high. Consequently, most employee stock options granted in the last ten years are likely to be significantly "In-the-Money" (current stock price above the grant price) as illustrated by the above chart. This chart shows the S&P 500 over the past decade. It can be used as a general representation of the prices at which companies...

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NQSO No No

IMAGE: Gemma Evans/UnSplash.com Too often I hear from financial advisors that their clients are considering exercising their non-qualified employee stock options (NQSOs) early (i.e. several years prior to expiration) and holding the shares for at least 1 year to get long term capital gains tax rates when they sell the shares. This may seem like a reasonable tax strategy, but it really isn't and here's what clients need to know. Unlike Incentive Stock Options (ISOs), NQSOs are NOT tax advantageous....

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Workers Report They Hold Large Percentages of Company Stock

IMAGE: Andriy Popov /123rf.com A new survey from Schwab Stock Plan Services reveals that equity compensation accounts for a significant portion of participants’ net worth, with many employees’ portfolios having a concentration in company stock. According to the nationwide survey conducted in July 2018 of 1,000 stock plan participants who receive employer stock and options, company equity accounts on average for approximately 30 percent of employees’ net worth. Millennial employees have an even greater share of their net worth in...

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5 Things You Should Know About Your Employer Stock & Options

This infographic can be used to promote professional equity compensation guidance to clients and prospects that receive company stock and options. These five concepts are included in the StockOpter.com client deliverables.  They have proven to be very effective at engaging stock plan recipients and helping them to make timely, informed and profitable decisions. These concepts are not illustrated on stock plan participant portals or using general financial planning tools. Click here for a printable PDF version of this document or...

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Performance Awards: 3 Truths... and a Lie

Recently, Fidelity Stock Plan Services and ClearBridge Compensation Group assessed the alignment between Performance Awards and a company’s performance. Accessing data and researching deep into company grant practices and Performance Award payouts, they specifically looked for factors which impacted the pay‑for‑performance relationship to help determine whether or not an ideal mix of equity vehicles exists. For this study, ClearBridge analyzed Performance Award Data collected from Fidelity Stock Plan Services for two hundred Fidelity clients with share-based Performance Awards that had...

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StockOpter Equity Compensation Diversification Tools

StockOpter.com and StockOpter Pro are widely acclaimed as the best equity compensation diversification tools in the financial advisory industry. Although they are COMPLETELY different, both are designed to help clients that receive company stock and option grants make profitable diversification decisions. The following descriptions explain how StockOpter.com and StockOpter Pro differ. StockOpter.com: Equity Compensation Risk Analysis & Tracking A web based platform that provides guidance on when to exercise employee stock options and diversifying company stock positions based on risk. StockOpter.com is the...

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First Equity Compensation Advisor Conference Provides Needed Expertise

IMAGE: myStockOptions Organized by myStockOptions.com and held in Boston on June 18, the one-day conference Financial Planning for Public Company Executives & Directors attracted financial advisors from all over the United States that work with or seek to advise clients that receive equity compensation from their employers. The first of its kind conference featured the following presentations from a variety of stock compensation industry experts: Leading Investment Manager Reveals Current Strategies for High-Net-Worth Clients (Paul Bouchey, Parametric Portfolio Associates, interviewed by Bruce Brumberg of myStockOptions.com) Trends...

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7 Steps for Actively Marketing to Equity Compensation Recipients

IMAGE: rawpixel.com / Unsplash In today’s competitive financial market, it takes a lot of effort for financial advisors to master the skills required to best serve the needs of their current clients, while continuing to improve their business by expanding the client roster. Tapping into niche markets such as equity compensation is an excellent way to not only add value-added services for existing clients but to also grow through the acquisition of corporate executive clients.  By implementing the following seven-step...

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Ways of Generating More Business from Corporate Executives

IMAGE: Peshkov / 123RF.com Financial advisors that work with corporate executives and help them to diversify their company stock and options can do the following things to drive additional business. One: Keep track of how much revenue you generate from executives. StockOpter.com users report they gather on average over $500,000 in assets under management per client and can charge between $500 and $2,500 annually for equity compensation risk management and tax planning. Knowing how much business you are deriving from...

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Equity Compensation Recipients Want to Avoid Mistakes, Here's How Advisors Can Help!

IMAGE: Hiva Sharifi/Unsplash While the majority of workers view their equity compensation as a critical tool for building long-term wealth, a recent survey from Schwab Stock Plan Services found that, out of the one-thousand equity compensation recipients surveyed, a mere twenty-four percent had exercised options or sold shares. With over a third of the participants claiming that equity compensation was the main factor in accepting their position, it begs the question, why are the number of employees exercising their options...

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