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StockOpter Strategy Modeling Video

POSTED ON June 27, 2023 BY Bill Dillhoefer

This video for financial advisors provides an overview of StockOpter’s equity compensation strategy modeling and tax planning capabilities. This tutorial covers activation and access, the modeling process and navigation and “help” resources. The StockOpter strategy modeling functionality enables users to: Create detailed diversification strategies Develop multi-year, goal based and tax efficient plans Generate output to […]


SEC Adopts Amendments to Rule 10b5-1 Insider Trading Plans

POSTED ON January 14, 2023 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are prearranged plans for selling and/or buying company stock under SEC rules. This provides an affirmative defense against charges of insider trading if the employee trades stock while they possess Material Nonpublic Information (MNPI). Many companies now either require or strongly encourage their executives and key employees to set up 10b5-1 […]

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StockOpter Dashboard Videos

POSTED ON November 14, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Two Dashboard Tutorials Video #1 provides a brief overview of the StockOpter valuation and risk analysis Dashboards. It includes information on access, navigation, structure and features. *Click the full screen icon in the lower right corner of each player for a larger view.   Video #2 dives into each individual Dashboard to help users to […]

Underwater Stock Options Aren't Drowned

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

POSTED ON October 19, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

The following article was written by financial advisor John Olsen about 15 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 […]


How Advisors Can Help Clients with 10b5-1 Trading Plans

POSTED ON October 12, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Financial advisors with executive clients that receive employer stock and option grants need to understand 10b5-1 trading plans. The following 10b5-1 Overview from the Blog provides an introduction to these trading plans. However, in addition to understanding the basics, advisors also need to be able to identify appropriate exercise and sell price targets and […]

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Providing Equity Compensation Guidance

POSTED ON October 4, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Fee compression has become a major challenge for the wealth management industry. This 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 compression and justify […]


How to Advise Clients on Equity Compensation Before They Exercise

POSTED ON August 18, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By James Miller from Wealth Solutions Report StockOpter Software CEO Explains the Need for Advice on Options and Restricted Shares, How to Structure the Advice and How to Use That Skill to Prospect for Clients. Years ago, I bought a car based on a spreadsheet a friend created and used for his own car purchase. […]

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The Importance of Professional Equity Award Guidance in Down Markets

POSTED ON July 21, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By Bruce Brumberg, JD in Stock-price volatility and market declines can rattle anyone—especially this time. Between the market lows of 2008–2009 and the recent market shocks caused by the pandemic and inflation, many employees with stock options and restricted stock units (RSUs) saw only rising stock prices. For many of you, the recent market […]


Stock Option Exercise Strategy Webinar

POSTED ON June 15, 2022 BY Bill Dillhoefer

This webinar on employee stock option exercise strategies for financial advisors was sponsored by Click here for access to the presentation slides, webinar recording and for CE credits. The webinar features a panel of experienced stock option planning specialists, and the agenda included: Stock option fundamentals, including a review of taxation NQSO vs ISO: […]