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Financial Planning: Year-End Planning

What should be on my year-end checklist of items to review, know, and consider about my stock compensation?

The checklist below summarizes what you need for comprehensive year-end planning with stock compensation.




  • your situation, including short-term cash needs that may prompt you to sell company stock and/or exercise options
  • whether your decisions should be entirely tax-driven
  • your outlook for both your company's stock price and your job
  • how comfortable you are with your concentration in company stock and whether you should diversify
  • multi-year projections for your income and taxes


  • Company and brokerage firm statements, whether online or in print. You will need them for tax-return reporting.

For general financial-planning points to consider with stock compensation, see a related FAQ.

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