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The place where we share our thoughts on financial planning for equity compensation, retirement planning and other issues that impact tactical planning for corporate executive's wealth, pay and benefits.

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

I see too many smart people with substantial gains in stock options who do dumb things. A disciplined stock option exercise strategy can prevent some big mistakes and significantly increase the value of your option grant. Here are...

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

If you are one of the fortunate employees of the almost 10,000 public company employers in the US who receive a portion of your compensation in company stock, you should think seriously about the advice you get on how to tactically...

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A step-by-step guide for senior executives Corporate executives have a reputation of being some of the most successful people in the business world. Other professionals look up to you, envy you — and hope that they, too, have...

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

List to my pod-cast on myStockOptions.com While many recipients of equity compensation intend to use it to boost their savings and lifestyles, I find that many of them do not see it in the bigger picture of retirement savings and...

 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Every year in February, after the W-2s and 1099s have arrived, we get tax-planning calls. Of course, by then it's too late for previous year planning. The time for tax planning is before the year ends. This year, we are working with a...

 

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Market volatility and sharp declines rattle even the most experienced holders of stock compensation (and their advisors). Since the market lows ten years ago, investors experienced historic returns, until recently. Many employees,...

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Many Baby Boomers might not be ready for retirement, but younger workers have a chance to do better – if they make the most of their 401(k)s. Here are three good news/bad news retirement plan statistics: According to the...

 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Does you Advisor Understand Your Equity Compensation Well Enough to Help you Plan it? Let me ask you a few company stock questions: Can Your Advisor Explain Forfeit Value? You should know the potential value of the compensation...

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

The people advisors meet at companies preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) are giddy with thoughts of the wealth and opportunities it will provide. Many of them have worked at these companies since the startup stage, and the...

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Over the last several years, companies have adopted ever more sophisticated equity compensation plans. Brought on in part by accounting rule changes that make the issuance of any kind of stock-based compensation an expense when they...

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Divorce can be a major disruption to a family’s financial plans. Surprisingly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Congress have actually worked to make a difficult proceeding less overwhelming and burdened with taxation. In...

 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The employees of public companies have their personal wealth highly concentrated in company stock, due to the combination of their stock option grants, employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) shares, open market stock purchases, restricted...

 

Friday, February 26, 2016

SEC Rule 10b5-1 has had a significant impact on how directors, officers and other employees who are subject to “blackout” periods diversify their company stock holdings. Adopted concurrently with Regulation FD in August of...