No longer just a subject for philosophers and poets, the pursuit of happiness has become part of the holistic approach to workplace harmony and productivity sought by many companies and their employees. Stock compensation can improve happiness—and it's about more than just recognizing gains.
Emotions can have a powerful impact on financial decisionmaking. The study of behavioral finance, i.e. how people make decisions about investments and other financial matters, can help you to develop a sensible approach to stock compensation and holdings of company stock.
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Stock options, restricted stock units, and other types of equity compensation are valuable benefits. However, when the company's stock price becomes a rollercoaster, remember that equity compensation is a long-term deal. This article offers expert advice for coping with stock-price volatility.
Restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) offer more certainty than stock options (though less upside). Depending on your attitude toward risk and your experience with swings in your company's stock price, the certainty of your restricted stock's value can be appealing. This article explains these and other advantages of restricted stock and RSUs.
Many employees don't take advantage of their companies' employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs). This article will show you why ESPPs are a good deal.
You may feel let down by your stock options if your company's stock price has dropped, leaving your options underwater. Getting less than you expected is something that inevitably occurs in a free market, and it is helpful to be prepared for losses as well as gains.
15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL! Happy birthday to us! In June 2015, we at myStockOptions.com celebrated the 15th anniversary of the website's launch. We have seen a lot of changes in equity compensation since myStockOptions.com went live in June 2000. As part of our 15th-anniversary celebrations, this article reviews some of the major issues and developments in equity compensation that we have witnessed and covered during the 21st century.
Employee stock purchase plans can offer significant financial benefits, particularly with a good discount and a rising company stock price.
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For many employees, stock-based compensation represents the biggest realistic chance of an increase in personal wealth, given small rises in average salary.
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A happy tale about the difference that stock options can make in the lives of ordinary workers, especially at pre-IPO companies which become successful and then go public.