Employee's Guide To Stock Options

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Guidelines for fully understanding and getting full benefit from an employee stock option plan

Nearly 10 million U.S. employees are fortunate enough to receive company stock options. Unfortunately, far too many have little or no idea exactly what it is they have. An Employee's Guide to Stock Options provides the first comprehensive­­and comprehensible­­guide to employee stock options, covering what they are, what they are worth, how to maximize...

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Overview

Guidelines for fully understanding and getting full benefit from an employee stock option plan

Nearly 10 million U.S. employees are fortunate enough to receive company stock options. Unfortunately, far too many have little or no idea exactly what it is they have. An Employee's Guide to Stock Options provides the first comprehensive­­and comprehensible­­guide to employee stock options, covering what they are, what they are worth, how to maximize their value, and more.

Compensation specialist Beth Walker outlines an easy-to-follow program that any employee, at any level, can use to get full value from a company's stock option program. Complete in both its guidelines and its real-life examples, this handy book outlines the fundamental actions that must be taken when stock options are part of a financial plan, as it explains:

• Different types of options

• How to avoid common and costly mistakes

• The impact of the Alternative Minimum tax

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071402309
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.57 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth V. Walker is a chartered retirement planning counselor with Parker Financial Planners, a division of Montauk Financial Group. Walker's list of client companies includes AT&T, Coca-Cola, and others. She is a popular speaker and featured presenter at NCEO and NIEP conferences and seminars.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 A Stock Option Is Just Like Sex 1
Chapter 2 A Look in the Mirror 9
Chapter 3 Types of Employee Stock Options 37
Chapter 4 What Are Your Options Really Worth? 61
Chapter 5 Uncle Sam... Your Wealthiest Relative 67
Chapter 6 The Nine Most Common Mistakes to Avoid with Stock Options 87
Chapter 7 Graduating from an Employee to an Owner 115
Chapter 8 Op-tion-eer-ing (op'she-nir'ing) 129
Chapter 9 Recruiting Your Team of Advisers 151
Chapter 10 The Optionaire Next Door 161
Conclusion: Your Options with Your Options 179
Appendixes 181
A Glossary of Equity Compensation Terms 183
Resources 189
Sample Plan Document 191
Sample Grant Agreement 203
Exhibit A Exercise Notice 211
Exhibit B Investment Representation Statement 217
83(b) Election Statement 221
Sample Investment Policy Statement 223
Beginning the Optioneering Process 235
Index 236
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