Equity Comp

Prioritizing Employee Savings and Retirement Benefits

If you’re lucky enough to work for one of the many tech companies that offer multiple ways to save money, you may be wondering which programs to prioritize. Microsoft employees, for instance, have the good fortune of having access to a pre-tax/Roth 401(k), after-tax 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) and Health Savings Account (HSA)….

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Performance Shares: The Future of Executive Compensation

Creating stock grants that base payouts for executive employees on more than just their continued employment has become the new norm for a growing number of companies. These special stock grants are known as performance shares, and nowadays tech workers who reach executive status are more likely to receive grants of performance share units (PSUs)…

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ESPPs Become More Attractive in a Bear Market

For opportunistic investors, employer stock purchase plans (ESPPs) become more attractive in a bear market. This is because stocks are bought at an additional “discount” on top of the 15% price cut that is inherently built into the plan. ESPPs are employer-sponsored investment plans that allow employees to purchase company stock at a discounted price—typically…

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How to Manage Your Emotions Around Your Equity in a Down Market

With the tech-heavy Nasdaq index down more than 25% so far this year, many tech employees worry that they are seeing a replay of the dot-com boom and bust of the late 1990s and early 2000s. And although those fears may be well-founded (there are certainly several similarities between now and then), since the financial…

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Cerner Employees: How Does the Oracle Buyout Affect Your Stock Compensation?

On December 20th, 2021, Cerner put out a news release with the simple title Oracle Buys Cerner. As a former Kansas City tech employee who has gone through an acquisition, I feel you. Anxiety runs high. Speculation becomes rampant! It can run the gamut from “we’re all getting canned tomorrow!” to “we’re saved!” Rather than…

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Time to Negotiate Your Next Pay Increase? Ask for Stock Instead of More Cash

If there is one thing that workers of all job types across every industry can agree on, it is that they could always benefit from having more money in their paycheck. It does not matter how much a person currently makes or the amount of it they actually spend; there is always room for more….

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Your Employer Just Granted You Stock Options. Now What?

Stock options are no longer just for the few executives at the very top of the org chart. Many publicly traded companies now make them available to non-executive staff. And while splitting compensation between cash and stock has some real benefits, turning those stock option certificates into real dollars takes some careful planning. It is…

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How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Owning Stock in the Company You Work For?

For many executives and senior level managers, compensation comes in the form of a set salary, a cash bonus (or two), and some form of equity ownership in the company. For executives and senior managers of publicly traded companies, equity ownership typically comes in the form of company stock. Publicly traded companies offer senior leaders…

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