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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF STOCK OPTIONS
The phenomenon of stock options as employee compensation continues to grow in importance in both online and traditional businesses. Success stories of options millionaires abound, market volatility often notwithstanding. Options packages play an increasingly important part when choosing an employer. Advantageous to both companies and their employees, stock-based compensation and the economy have become undeniably intertwined. Still, much of the wealth created remains on paper, waiting to be cashed in. What happens in the event of an economic downturn?
Fortunately, companies are adapting their options to such possibilities. Unfortunately, most employees are still not provided with the information they need to make informed decisions. The truth is that despite the popularity of stock options, many of us don't know how to take advantage of these plans and are unsure when to exercise our options-or how to negotiate to get more. This much-needed book helps employees and management understand how plans work in order to use them to their best advantage. Here are specific strategies on vesting schedules and tax implications, along with real-life examples from plans that you can learn from.
In order to make the best choice and benefit from stock options, employees must reach new levels of understanding their compensation packages. The goal of this highly accessible, comprehensive book is to make you an informed decision maker and ensure your prosperous future. Utilize the priceless wisdom Pay Me in Stock Options has to offer, and share in the wealth you are helping to create.
In den letzten 10 Jahren haben sich Aktienoptionen (stock options) als Sonderform der Mitarbeiterentlohnung etabliert - Tendenz steigend.
Es wird geschätzt, daß ca. 8 Millionen Amerikaner - das sind etwa 8% der Arbeiterschaft - Optionen besitzen. Darüber hinaus bietet ein Drittel der 350 größten US-Unternehmen einen Versorgungsplan über Belegschaftsaktien an. Doch die wenigsten Mitglieder der Belegschaft wissen, wie sie diese Versorgungspläne nutzen können, wann sie ihre Optionen ausüben sollen und wie sie über eine Aufstockung ihrer Optionen verhandeln.
A comprehensive guide to taking full advantage of current employee stock options plans
The phenomenon of stock options as employee compensation continues to grow in importance in more and more online and traditional businesses. In fact, an estimated eight million Americans-some eight percent of the workforce-currently hold options, in comparison with only a million workers back in 1992. Yet many people don't know how to take advantage of these plans and are unsure when to exercise their options or how to negotiate to get more options.
This much-needed book helps employees and management understand how options plans work in order to use them to their best advantage. Here are specific strategies on vesting schedules and tax implications, along with real-life examples from plans that readers can learn from.
WEALTH IS AN OPTION
The presence of stock option wealth in today's economy is unprecedented and continues to grow. An estimated twelve million Americans-more than one out of every ten employees-currently hold stock options. This compares with only one million workers as recently as 1992. In addition, one-third of the 350 largest companies in the United States offer a stock option plan. However, many of us don't know how to take advantage of these plans and are unsure when to exercise our options or how to negotiate for more. This invaluable book is the first comprehensive layman's guide to stock options. Pay Me in Stock Options is designed to help employees and management understand how option plans work in order to use them to their best advantage. Here you will find:
* Specific strategies on vesting schedules and tax implications
* Information on your rights and guidance on how to take advantage of them
* Real-life examples from options plans that you can use to learn how to get stock options and take full advantage of current plans
. . . and much more to guarantee that you benefit from the wealth you are helping to build. Written by an expert in the field who has developed seminars for Oppenheimer & Co., Pay Me in Stock Options will prove an invaluable guide.
Please visit our Web site at www.wileyfinance.com
About the Author
CAROL E. CURTIS is a seasoned financial editor and writer, formerly with Forbes, Business Week, and CNBC.com. She is currently working on Wall Street as a Vice President of a bank brokerage. Curtis has also worked on special projects for large financial services firms including Oppenheimer & Co.
Table of Contents
THE RISE OF STOCK OPTIONS.
We Have Seen the Future, and It Is Stock Options.
The New Corporate Hero.
STOCK OPTIONS IN 10 EASY LESSONS.
Lesson 1: Stock Option Basics.
Lesson 2: Different Types of Options, How They Work, and How They Are Taxed?
Lesson 3: Vesting, Expiration, and Valuation.
Lesson 4: Exercising Your Options.
Lesson 5: What Should You Do with the Proceeds?
Lesson 6: A Short Course in Asset Allocation.
Lesson 7: The Risks of Options.
Lesson 8: Options Overseas.
Lessson 9: Other Types of Stock-Based Compensation.
Lesson 10: Avoiding Common Mistakes.
How to Negotiate for Stock Options.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Appendix A: Risk Tolerance Questionnaire.
Appendix B: Selected Stock Option-Related Web Sites.