Legislative Update: Empowering Employees Through Stock Ownership Act Resurfaces In The Senate

This blog post is provided by myStockOptions.com, a leading source of educational content on all types of stock compensation. While stock options continue to be popular at startups and other pre-IPO companies, employees cannot sell stock at exercise to pay the exercise price and the taxes on the income. Moreover, under current law those taxes cannot be delayed. Last year, an encouraging legislative proposal was introduced in the House of Representatives to address this issue. Approved by a House vote...

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Executive Compensation Award Mix Identifies Opportunities for Advisors

A recent survey conducted by Meridian Compensation Partners on the usage of stock compensation vehicles found a prevalence for granting multiple types of equity awards to senior executives (although it is most common to grant just one vehicle to lower level employees).  In the long term incentive (LTI) section of the 2017 Trends and Development in Executive Compensation, Meridian reported that 90% of the 118 companies surveyed use two or three LTI vehicles for their senior executives.  LTI vehicles include performance awards, stock options and restricted...

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Six Trends in Performance Awards

Barbara Baksa, Executive Director of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) identifies six trends in the usage of performance awards, from the 2016 Domestic Stock Plan Design Survey, co-sponsored by the NASPP and Deloitte Consulting. Trend #1: Performance awards are on the rise for executives. Over the past four survey cycles, we’ve seen a more than 100% increase in the use of performance awards at the NEO and senior executive levels. For NEOs, usage has risen from 37%...

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How Do You Spell "Vested RSU"?

by Sheri Iannetta Cupo, CFP, Partner and Wealth Manager at SageBroadview Especially when it comes to company stock plans, acronyms abound. Someday, I’m going to invent a secret decoder ring that translates each one into something approaching English. I’ll make a bazillion dollars and retire. In the meantime, let’s decode one important acronym that can sometimes spell confusion for busy professionals: Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). RSUs, Decoded Many corporate executives and valued employees may be receiving vested RSUs around this...

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Five Trends in Restricted Stock/Units

Barbara Baksa, Executive Director of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) identifies five trends in the usage of restricted stock and units, from the 2016 Domestic Stock Plan Design Survey, co-sponsored by the NASPP and Deloitte Consulting. Trend #1: Use of time-based stock grants and awards is still on the rise. The percentage of companies issuing stock grants and awards increased by 10 percent since our last survey (up from 81 percent in our 2013 survey to 89...

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StockOpter.com Advisor Newsletter: April 2017

If you haven’t already noticed, we wanted to make you aware of several recent enhancements to StockOpter.com. These upgrades were designed to increase your productivity and help you to provide better stock compensation diversification guidance.  Here’s a brief summary of the enhancements and some related resources and information. Share Diversification Analysis: We have developed a methodology for reducing the risk of concentrated company stock positions by helping clients to establish an annual diversification strategy their vesting restricted/performance shares. This new...

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Ways of Generating More Business from Corporate Executives

Financial advisors who currently use StockOpter.com to generate revenue by attracting corporate executives and helping 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 $200,000 in assets under management per client per year and can charge between $500 and $1,500 annually for equity compensation planning assistance. Knowing how much business you are deriving from...

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Understanding the StockOpter Share Diversification Analysis

As restricted stock and/or performance grants vest over time, recipients will have a higher concentration in their company stock. Concentrated company stock positions are inherently risky. Even the best of companies can suffer depressed stock prices due to external factors often beyond the control of management. Consequently, it is prudent to periodically diversify and reinvest some of these holdings in a balanced portfolio.   Determining when and how much to diversify can be facilitated by simulating the future consequence of different levels...

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Facilitating Owned and Restricted Share Diversification Decisions

Advisors and their clients with sizable holdings of company stock (owned and restricted shares) will both benefit from systematic diversification of these positions. For the client it means reduced risk and peace of mind, and for the advisor it means additional assets under management. Most executives will agree that concentrated company stock positions are risky and diversification is financially prudent, but taking timely action is often a different matter. There are a number of factors that may inhibit clients from...

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Top Ten Trends in Stock Plan Design

Barbara Baksa, Executive Director of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), summarizes the findings of the 2016 Domestic Stock Plan Design Survey in her blog post.  This survey co-sponsored with Deloitte Consulting LLP contains data from more than 400 companies on stock plan design and granting practices of restricted stock/RSUs, performance share/units, and stock options/SARs. Full Value Awards Still Rising. This survey saw yet another increase in the usage of full value awards at all employee levels. Overall, companies granting time-based restricted stock or...

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