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COVID-19 and Equity Awards

POSTED ON May 14, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

The NASPP (National Association of Stock Plan Professionals) has published the results of a quick survey they conducted of how companies are responding to COVID-19 when it comes to their equity award programs. Here are the key findings detailed in the full report: Top Concerns: Restoring lost value to equity awards and adjusting performance targets […]

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Video: 5 Things You Need to Know About Your Employer Stock and Options

POSTED ON April 15, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

  This video for engaging stock plan participants illustrates StockOpter’s unique analytics. It’s a video version of the “5 Things You Should Know About Your Employer Stock and Options” flyer. It can be used to promote a firm’s equity compensation guidance capabilities. Net Worth Strategies collaborated with FA Client Machine to create this video as […]

Underwater Stock Options Aren't Drowned

“Under Water” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Drowned”

POSTED ON April 6, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

The following article was written by financial advisor John Olsen over 10 years ago.  At the time, the stock market like now had been hit with a substantial correction.  Company stock and option holdings had lost considerable value and many recipients believed the loss was permanent.  However, we all know the stock market recovered leading […]

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Market Volatility and Employee Stock Option Values

POSTED ON March 29, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

  The stock market has been on a roller coaster the last few weeks, but in general the S&P 500 index is not far from its all time high. Consequently, most employee stock options granted in the last ten years are likely to still be significantly “In-the-Money” (current stock price above the grant price) as […]

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Best Practices for Working with Corporate Executives

POSTED ON February 25, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

IMAGE: Peshkov / Financial advisors that work with corporate executives and help them to diversify their company stock and options can use the following best practices to drive additional business. One: Keep track of how much revenue you generate from executives. users report they gather on average over $500,000 in assets under management […]


Press Release: StockOpter Adds 10b5-1 Trading Plan Tracking

POSTED ON February 12, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Bend, OR, February 12, 2020 –, the industry leading application for equity compensation valuation and risk analysis has been enhanced to track client 10b5-1 trading plans. These trading plans established under SEC Rule 10b5-1 provide an affirmative defense against charges of insider trading because they are setup before the employee knows information that may […]


StockOpter Overview Video

POSTED ON February 4, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Fee compression has become a major challenge for the wealth management industry. This StockOpter overview video explains why financial advisors now need to provide clients with specialized and sophisticated advice instead of just portfolio management. One such discipline is assisting clients that receive stock-based compensation from their employers. Here’s how financial advisors can beat fee […]


Key Findings From E*TRADE’s Annual Stock Plan Participant Survey

POSTED ON December 30, 2019 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Here are the key findings from the E*TRADE 2019 survey of stock plan participants. Stock plan benefits drive participants’ perception of ownership and recognition: 59% say “my stock plan provides me with a sense of ownership in the company” 59% believe “My contributions to my company’s performance are acknowledged through the equity grants I receive“ […]


How to Choose From the Six Ways to Price Your Services

POSTED ON December 27, 2019 BY Bill Dillhoefer

by Patrick Brewer, CPA, CFA How your firm prices its services is about more than just boosting profit margins. The right fee structure is vital to client satisfaction and your long-term success. Fees have always been a hot topic in this industry. However, with trading commissions getting slashed to zero, the rise of passive managers […]


Survey Says Stock Plan Participants Need Advisor Assistance

POSTED ON November 29, 2019 BY Bill Dillhoefer

According to new research from Schwab Stock Plan Services, the average vested value of U.S. workers’ equity compensation is $97,711 and the average total value of their equity compensation is $149,835. The study, which examines the attitudes and behaviors of 1,000 equity compensation plan participants who currently receive employee stock options or restricted stock awards […]