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Starting over: rebuilding the financial bedrock after loss
23 Jan

Starting over: rebuilding the financial bedrock after loss

Francisco was the last person he would have expected to be divorced. Now that the settlement is behind him, he wants to turn the page in 2018. Get serious about his nonqualified stock options (NQOs), retirement savings and his equity compensation. How will the tax bill impact his tax situation as a single taxpayer with various compensation streams? And what else has he missed on the retirement, tax and equity compensation front?

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Could What She Didn’t Know Cost Her?
16 Aug

Could What She Didn’t Know Cost Her?

When she exercised her ISOs last year and decided to hold the stock for future growth, Irina was in for a rude awakening: she was hit with the AMT or Alternative Minimum Tax. Now she wonders what else she needs to know to prevent unintended consequences of sale.

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When an 83(b) Election Converts a Windfall to Capital Gains
02 Jun

When an 83(b) Election Converts a Windfall to Capital Gains

The IPO of this San Jose sales manager’s technology company has provided a windfall he never thought possible. His equity compensation – a Restricted Stock Award -- has turned into serious money after the company’s IPO. William wisely made an 83(b) election at grant date and before the public offering. What financial decisions should he make now for the long run and what is he missing?

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PSUs and Insider Rules Confound Executive in New Role
31 Mar

PSUs and Insider Rules Confound Executive in New Role

When a rising star is named president for a west coast IT company, she acquires some new and enviable issues. Valeria is an insider, for starters, which means she’ll need to gain pre-clearance for any sale of company stock and is now required to file SEC Forms 3, 4 & 5. What’s more, she’s been granted Performance Stock Units (PSUs), whose features and performance targets are complex but achievable. One year in, she’s beginning to get attractive outside salary offers, so she wants to learn more about what she has.

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