Broker Check


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.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Does you Advisor Understand Your Equity Compensation Well Enough to Help you Plan it?


Thursday, February 1, 2024

A step-by-step guide for senior executives. Here’s the uncomfortable truth: Deciphering the complexity of your financial world is a full-time job.


Monday, January 15, 2024

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.


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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.


Friday, October 20, 2023

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


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Monday, January 2, 2023

SEC Rule 10b5-1 had a significant impact on how directors, officers and other employees who are subject to “blackout” periods diversify their company stock holdings.


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 grants.


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.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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. The return and principal value of stocks fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Shares when


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Restricted and performance shares have continued to accelerate in popularity over other equity compensation alternatives, so it shouldn't surprise employees that their company is now granting them in place of stock options.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Get ready for a roller-coaster ride! With your IPO company's stock price, you want to hope for the best but plan for the worst. Be serious about this new-found wealth. It's no longer pie-in-the-sky money.


Friday, July 5, 2019

At some point with your company stock, too much of a good thing can cause you to worry, lose sleep, and become too focused and frustrated about its performance.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

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.