Engaging Gen X & Y Clients: 5 Steps Applied to Stock Compensation Guidance

In an article from Financial Advisor Magazine, financial services marketing strategist Gail Graham points out that Gen X and Y are very different consumers than Baby Boomers. She says they are more inclined to comparison shop for value propositions, prices, products and the types of client experience they want. Consequently, these potential clients will be highly influenced by the massive advertising campaigns from the large "direct-to-consumer" financial services companies. Independent advisors will have a hard time competing with large "robo" firms for high net...

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Four Financial Ideas on Your Work Anniversary

By David C. Gratke, Principal at Gratke Wealth, LLC It’s another work anniversary and a good time to reflect on where you are in your career both professionally and financially. It couldn’t be a better time to also take stock of where your overall financial plan is currently, and whether or not you are on track to make work optional. Here are four smart financial ideas to consider on this work anniversary. 1) Rule of 1/3rds- Your work anniversary often...

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Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Unit Utilization Today

From the Ayco Compensation & Benefits Digest, July 2017 While performance‐based awards have become the most common long‐term incentives granted to executives at most companies today, so‐called “full value” awards, including restricted stock or restricted stock units (“RSUs”), remain a common equity award. (See our March 2017 Digest for data on the current mix of long‐term incentive (LTI) awards). We have noted not only a marked shift away from restricted stock to the use of RSUs and more recently, based...

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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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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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10 Ways Stock Compensation Can Make You Happier

From being solely a subject for philosophers and poets, the pursuit of happiness has become a pragmatic, widely acknowledged arena of interest for companies and their employees. Stock compensation, if fully appreciated and understood, can improve happiness. Excerpted from an article by Bruce Brumberg, the editor-in-chief of myStockOptions.com, the 10 points summarized below show how. You can also read his full article at that website. Wealth creation. When your company's stock price increases—whether you have grants of stock options or...

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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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Optimizing Stock-Based Compensation for Retirement

By Charles "Chuck" Steege of SFG Wealth Planning Services, Inc. This is a summary of a detailed white paper entitled: The Great Drawdown: How to Optimize Stock-Based Compensation for Planned or Unplanned Retirement. Retirement is the long-awaited culminating event of a corporate career. The closer an executive rises to the top, the harder it is to stay there. At some point, whether the timing is right, health and wellness issues intervene or there is something more compelling to do than continuing...

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Tax Tips for Employee Stock Purchase Plans

By Geoff Zimmerman, Senior Advisor and Chief Compliance Officer, Mosaic Financial Partners Tax rules for the sale of employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) shares can be quite complex for plans that allow participants to purchase stock at a discount. The best way to explain the rules of the road for dealing with ESPP stock purchases and sales is through examples, to help ESPP participants better understand the nuances of these plans. Our fictional sample ESPP participant is Jim Brook of Orange, Inc. We'll see...

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More Employees Rank Company Stock as Their Top Benefit

BOSTON — For many people, their most important workplace benefit is a 401(k) or health insurance, but for a growing number of employees, a company stock plan is their top benefit. According to research1 from Fidelity Investments®, 16 percent of employees say company stock is their most important benefit, up from 10 percent in 2014. For employers, company stock plans can help attract and retain top talent. Almost two-thirds of employees (63 percent) said that participating in their company stock...

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