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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 […]


Trends in Private Company Stock Plans and How They Effect Advisors

POSTED ON March 7, 2019 BY Bill Dillhoefer

According to a recent post by Barbra Baksa of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, a soon to be released NASPP’s survey on equity compensation at private companies found the following five trends: #1: Stock options are the equity vehicle of choice, with 74% of respondents granting them. #2: Private companies are committed to […]


Performance Awards: 3 Truths… and a Lie

POSTED ON September 11, 2018 BY Bill Dillhoefer

Recently, Fidelity Stock Plan Services and ClearBridge Compensation Group assessed the alignment between Performance Awards and a company’s performance. Accessing data and researching deep into company grant practices and Performance Award payouts, they specifically looked for factors which impacted the pay‑for‑performance relationship to help determine whether or not an ideal mix of equity vehicles exists. […]


Answers to 7 Common Questions Regarding Employee Stock Options

POSTED ON October 7, 2011 BY stockopter

Jim Wulforst provides some answers to 7 common questions from employees receiving stock options. What are the most common types of employee stock offerings? What’s the difference between “incentive” and “non-qualified” stock options? What about taxes?  How do I know whether to hold or sell after I exercise? I believe in my company’s future. How much of […]