Through the author's personal example, this article presents the dangers of a concentrated stock position, discusses why diversification may be hard for employees with shares from equity compensation, and explores strategies for preserving your net worth.
Once you have settled on a comfortable ownership percentage of company stock in your combined holdings, how do you decide which shares and options to hold and which to sell?
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Executives must carefully balance the demands of many constituencies interested in their company's stock. Explores ways to manage these pressures while achieving financial goals.
Stock options can be very lucrative if handled properly, but there are situations in which people can easily make mistakes. In this article I discuss the most common mistakes I see.
While you may have great faith in your company's stock, you also need to diversify your investment portfolio. For employees with stock options, doing this successfully requires a careful analysis to figure out the optimal times to exercise and sell.
One of the most vexing investment decisions you will ever make involves when to exercise your stock options and when to sell the shares. This article series will give you the tools for determining that time.
The biggest challenge I face when counseling my clients is convincing them to avoid owning too much of their company's stock. Tales about employees of Lehman Brothers or Enron who lost their entire net worth have shaken these clients to attention.
Many of my clients do not see stock compensation in the bigger picture of retirement savings and withdrawal plans. Considering net worth, age, and company stock plan, I present the client with these core points about stock grants, 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, and IRAs.
Having both nonqualified stock options and nonqualified deferred compensation gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to optimize your financial planning and tax situation. In this article, I explain how I have used the two plans in concert with one another.
Experts disagree on what the "proper" amount of company stock is. Figure out how dependent you are on your company's stock, the different places you own it, and whether/how you can diversify.