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If you’re like the majority of the estimated 12 millionemployees in the U.S. who have stock options as a key component totheir compensation packages, you have a vague notion, at best, ofhow options work and what they can mean to your financial wellbeing. What’s the vesting schedule for your shares and howwill their strike price be set? What type of stock option grantwill you receive, an ISO (incentive stock option) or an NQSO(non-qualified stock option)? What tax rules apply to your optionprogram? Your financial future could depend on your knowing theanswers to these and other questions regarding your company’sstock option plan.

Confused by all the brouhaha surrounding stock options? Letexpert Alan Simon demystify this often-confusing investment vehiclefor you. Featuring clear explanations of how your stock optionsmight make you money—or not—this friendly guide fillsyou in on what you need to know to:

  • Understand different types of stock options
  • Read and find traps in your stock option agreement
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of company investment vehicles
  • Assess vesting schedules and tax laws
  • Tap Web resources

Simon demystifies the jargon, rules, and tax consequences ofstock options. He provides a realistic picture of what to expectfrom your options, and he helps you see past the hype to understandwhat your employer is really offering. Important topics coveredinclude:

  • What you need to know before accepting a compensation packagethat includes options
  • Developing a stock option philosophy and clear-cut goals
  • Knowing whether you’re being treated fairly by yourcompany
  • Making sense of the language of stock options agreements
  • Getting a handle on key restrictions on how you exercise youroptions
  • Stock option valuation
  • Tax rules and how they apply to different types of options
  • How stock options can be affected by changes at yourcompany

Stock Options For Dummies is the only guide you’llneed to get the most out of this important investment vehicle.

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