Stock compensation, if fully appreciated and understood, can improve happiness. Based on the author's own observations, the 10 points in this article show how.
UPDATES! The days of pocketing stock grant gains, leaving the company, and moving to a direct competitor may be over. Your company may put noncompete forfeiture provisions in your equity awards.
A down market provides ideal circumstances for negotiating a larger stake of equity compensation as part of your pay package. With companies looking to conserve cash and find effective ways to recruit, retain, and motivate executives and key employees, your interest in this type of compensation may be well received. This article explores the possibilities you may want to consider if this opportunity arises.
Get a sense of what you should, and should not, expect in the terms of your stock option grant. A major survey of companies looks at trends in vesting schedules, post-termination exercise rules, and other plan features.
Employees in startup companies often have misconceptions about their stock options and restricted stock. Understand what could happen to your stock options or restricted stock in venture capital financings, in an acquisition, or in an IPO. Part 1 looks at M&A deals; Part 2 analyzes IPOs.
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.
Understand the range of issues in structuring your employment contract, including provisions on stock options and restricted stock.
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This interactive article presents the compensation and wealth accumulation of CEOs at many large companies. The figures, including the value of stock and options awards, are calculated from companies' proxy statements.
Learn basic ways to calculate whether trading salary for equity makes sense.