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Financial Planning explores various approaches to making the most of stock grant gains while minimizing taxes. The coverage includes the role of stock grants in gifts, estates and trusts, dividends, hedging, and more.

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Ten Financial-Planning Rules You Should Know About Restricted Stock And RSUsThis is premium content Editorial Team
While grants of restricted stock and RSUs are conceptually simple, financial planning for them can be complex. This article presents the essential financial-planning points that you should consider before your restricted stock or RSU grant vests.

Ten Financial-Planning Rules Everyone With Stock Options Needs To Know

Michael Beriss
Managing stock options is one of the most complex financial-planning challenges an employee may face. These 10 guidelines will help you get the most out of your option grants.

Ten Financial-Planning Rules Every ESPP Participant Should KnowThis is premium content Editorial Team
Employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) are a super deal. However, the related taxation and financial planning can be deceptively complex. This article presents the essential points that you should understand before you participate in your company's ESPP.

NEW! How The Trump Presidency And Tax Reform May Affect Stock Compensation

The myStockOptions Editorial Team
Potential tax changes under the Republican president and the Republican-controlled Congress in 2017 or 2018 may have a meaningful impact on stock compensation and employee ownership.

The Equity Compensation Planning Dilemma For Corporate ExecutivesThis is premium content

Geoffrey M. Zimmerman, CFP®
Podcast included! 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.

A Least-Regret Analysis For Equity Compensation: Maximizing Value While Minimizing RiskThis is premium content

William Baldwin
Podcast included! For some employees, the value of their equity compensation plans represents their largest investment. With so much at stake, making the right decisions is critical. Intelligent planning can maximize value while minimizing risk.

NEW! Living And Working In Multiple States: Challenges For Mobile Employees In The USAThis is premium content

David Johnson and Mark Miller
Podcast included! Moving between US states, whether to relocate permanently or simply to travel for business, can involve tax complications for people who have stock compensation. This article presents the tax issues that you may encounter when you leave your home office and cross a state line.

Strategies For Hedging Concentrated Stock Positions (Part 1)This is premium content

Robert Gordon and Charlotte Lyman
Podcast included! Your company stock represents a large, concentrated portion of your wealth, making you nervous. You want to protect your gains and get your hands on some money.

How To Avoid Mistakes And Create Wealth With Your Stock OptionsThis is premium content

Paul Palazzo, CFP®
Podcast included! 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.

NEW! Making Gifts And Donations Of Company StockThis is premium content

The myStockOptions Editorial Team
In addition to being an effective form of generosity, gifting and/or donating shares can play a role in financial and tax planning for your equity compensation and company stock. This article presents the basics that you need to know when you are contemplating gifts or charitable donations of shares acquired from stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, or employee stock purchase plans.

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My restricted stock will vest soon. Should I sell the shares at vesting or hold them?

When restricted stock, restricted stock units, or performance shares vest, whether you sell or hold the shares depends on various factors. Some of them are under your control...

I have various stock option grants with vested options. Do I need to exercise first my oldest grants or my oldest vested options?

There's no requirement for which vested options you must exercise first. The decision of which options to exercise first is part of your...

What are the 10 most important financial-planning rules for employee stock purchase plans?

Before you participate in your company's employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), understand the following essential points for financial planning with ESPPs...

What is a concentrated stock position, and what can I do to protect myself and get cash for other purposes?This is premium content

A concentrated stock position occurs when a significant chunk of your net worth is tied up in a single stock. Strategies for hedging, diversification, and liquidity include...

NEW! What are the top 10 questions related to retirement planning that I should ask about my stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, or ESPP participation?

Retirement savings can be significantly boosted by equity compensation. When factoring stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, or ESPPs into your retirement planning, you should know the answers to the following questions...

My company is now granting restricted stock, and the current share price is much lower than I think it will be in a few years. Any tax-planning ideas?This is premium content

For restricted stock, you can make what the tax code calls a Section 83(b) election to be taxed immediately at grant instead of later at vesting, when your stock price, and thus your tax rate, may be much higher. However, before you make your decision, realize that...

How do I diversify my company-stock holdings?This is premium content

Diversification is a sound practice in building and preserving personal wealth. If, along with stock options, you also own your company stock outright, settle on a comfortable ownership percentage...

What is the impact of tax increases on my restricted stock grants?This is premium content

Increases in tax rates indirectly affect the value of grants. Most importantly...

UPDATES! Can my company set ownership guidelines for company stock? Any survey data about their use?This is premium content

Stock ownership guidelines specify how much company stock you must own in total or as a multiple of salary. Most companies count in the calculation the...

Has the likelihood of a tax audit increased?This is premium content

Yes, substantially. In addition, fluctuations of income, which can be caused by stock compensation, are a red flag that can trigger an audit. According to research...

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