A stock swap can be a great strategy to use if you have employee stock options you’d like to exercise and hold. It allows you to use the fair market value (FMV) of company stock you already own to pay for the exercise cost of newly acquired employee stock option shares. Shares you own that can be used for a stock swap can include those you’ve purchased on the open market, shares acquired from vested restricted stock units, shares you own from an exercise and hold of previous employee stock options, and/or shares acquired from and employee …
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If you receive grants of employee stock options, you should understand the concept of leverage and how it can impact the value of your options. You can’t eliminate the issue of leverage altogether, as it is inherent in employee stock options. But knowing how, when, and by how much it impacts the value can arm you with the information you need to make appropriate decisions on what to do with your options. How to Define Leverage As it relates to stock options, leverage is the percentage change you see in the total value of your employee …
Incentive stock options are unique in that the longer you wait to exercise, the costlier it may be to exercise and hold your shares. That’s not because exercising the ISOs cost more, as that price is fixed, but because the cost of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) may be higher. Most of us want the share price of our stock to increase over time. Getting preferential tax treatment is always nice, too. So let’s say you exercise and hold your incentive stock options for a least one year to meet the standards for a qualifying disposition, …
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