Your company has granted you stock options. Now what? This article explains the essential facts that you must know to understand your stock options and make the most of them.
While restricted stock and RSUs are relatively straightforward, they have technical aspects you must understand to make the most of them. Learn the essential facts of restricted stock and RSUs, including basic concepts, vesting schedules, and tax treatment.
An employee stock purchase plan can be a great benefit, but the rules and taxation are tricky. This two-part article presents six topics you must be familiar with to get the most from your ESPP. Part 1 covers enrollment, plan types, and offering/purchase periods.
Stock options aren't just for the folks on mahogany row any more. But turning stock options into the real green stuff takes some know-how. You need to know certain features of your grant to decide when to exercise your options and sell the stock.
Restricted stock units (RSUs) have become the most popular alternative to stock options. While RSUs share many of the same issues as restricted stock, there are differences, and it is important to understand the basics of RSUs in their own right.
Avoid the mistakes others made with options during past ups and downs in the stock markets. Situations where common errors tend to arise can be classed into nine categories, including option-term expiration, job termination, corporate mergers, financial planning, and various life events.
Avoid the mistakes others made during prior ups and downs in the stock markets. Common errors arise in nine different situations, including job termination, mergers, financial planning, term expiration, and various life events.
Geoffrey M. Zimmerman
Planning for equity compensation begins with identifying the role stock grants will play in your life, whether for retirement, college funding, or other goals. This article offers points to consider for three different types of investors.
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How typical are your equity awards? Stock plan surveys let you compare the terms of your grants with the common practices of many companies. Part 1 focuses on types of equity award, reasons for making grants, vesting schedules, and option exercises.
How typical are your grants of stock options or restricted stock/RSUs? Stock plan surveys let you compare the terms of your grants with the common practices of many companies. Part 2 focuses on grant guidelines, option expiration, job termination, and corporate changes of control.
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You should know the answers to the following questions. Understanding the topics involved will help you to...
Generally, a stock option is a right that a corporation grants...
Don't confuse restricted securities and restricted stock. They are very different...
Restricted stock always has some value to you even when the stock price drops below the price on the date of grant...
Surveys indicate that many companies use a variety of grants, including both stock options and restricted stock units (RSUs) in tandem. There are many possible reasons why a company might switch from options to RSUs...
An employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) is a type of stock plan that permits employees to use after-tax payroll deductions to acquire shares of their company's stock. Plans can have...
Employee stock purchase plans tend to be viewed as a benefit while stock options are a form of compensation. From an employee perspective, there are some differences in operations, eligibility, and design...
The full board of directors, the compensation committee, or an executive with expressly delegated authority...
In most cases, your exercise price for stock options is...
A vesting schedule dictates when you may exercise your stock options or when the forfeiture restrictions lapse on restricted stock. Vesting is determined separately for each grant. A schedule is time-based if you must...
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