The Changing Importance of Equity Compensation

POSTED ON June 30, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

The “2020 Equity Compensation Participant Survey,” from Charles Schwab is the latest update in an annual series of reports that track the behaviors of equity compensation plan participants. Many of the questions in this survey were focused on the coronavirus pandemic which has driven many people to make decisions about exercising or selling equity compensation. […]


SEC to Revisit Rule 10b5-1: 4 Things to Know

POSTED ON June 25, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By Jennifer Namazi from the NASPP Are changes coming to Rule 10b5-1? It seems so, as the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently indicated that that the Rule, first adopted in 2000, is due for a makeover. A Brief Background of Rule 10b5-1 Rule 10b5-1 was adopted by the SEC in 2000 and permits insiders of […]


Understand SPACs and Equity Compensation

POSTED ON June 9, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By Barbara Baksa, NASPP The term SPAC stands for special purpose acquisition company, which is an accurate description of what the company is. A SPAC is a company that exists solely for the purpose of acquiring a private company (or part of a public company that is being spun off) and taking it public. A […]


5 Trends in Stock Ownership Guidelines

POSTED ON April 28, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

By Barbara Baksa, National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) Stock ownership guidelines for executives are now de rigueur at publicly held companies, as a result of considerable pressure from investors, proxy advisory firms, and the media. But there are many nuances in how stock ownership guidelines can be implemented. For today’s blog entry, I […]


Fidelity Study: Financial Planning Helps Employees Get More Value Out of Their Stock Awards

POSTED ON April 27, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

According to newly released research from Fidelity Investments, the top four reasons employers should want their employees to include their company stock in their overall financial planning are: 1) They are twice as likely to take proactive steps to manage their stock awards, such as accepting awards, exercising options or selling shares; 2) they are twice […]


Elevator Pitch for Engaging Corporate Executives

POSTED ON February 15, 2021 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Financial advisors who work with or are targeting corporate executives need to be able to explain how they can provide value in a quick and succinct manner.  Here are some ideas that will help you to be more effective at engaging executives. Corporate executives have one key financial issue that other types of clients don’t have: equity compensation grants (i.e. employee stock […]


Press Release: StockOpter Redesigned to Simplify Equity Compensation Planning

POSTED ON December 1, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Bend, OR, December 1, 2020 –, the industry leading application for equity compensation valuation and risk analysis has been completely redesigned and enhanced. This new version of StockOpter is now available making it easier than ever for advisors to analyze client company stock and option holdings and provide professional guidance. Initially released in 2008, […]


Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPPs) Trends

POSTED ON November 17, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Trends in ESPPs: Four Facts and a Myth By Barbara Baksa at the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) Spoiler alert: ESPPs are both common and generous, but participation rates are disappointing. In today’s NASPP Blog entry, I discuss these and other ESPP trends from the NASPP/Deloitte Consulting 2020 Domestic Stock Plan Administration Survey. […]


Preview Video: v10

POSTED ON October 27, 2020 BY Bill Dillhoefer version 10 was released on November 9, 2020. This video provides an overview and first look at a completely new version of First released in 2008, StockOpter enables financial advisors to attract high net worth corporate employees and generate fees by providing equity compensation guidance. Unlike general financial planning applications designed specifically for […]