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The Planner's Perspective: Overwhelmed by Options

By Paul Morrone CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA

The term ‘stock options’ is kind of a catch-all to describe a form of incentive compensation usually awarded to a select group of highly compensated employees. Options can come in many forms, which is why there is often a lot of confusion surrounding stock as a form of compensation and what it means to the person receiving it from an ownership and tax standpoint. There are numerous articles which cover these two items in detail, but what is often unaddressed is the financial planning impact of having stock options and what it means from risk, income and asset allocation perspective (the ‘big picture’ stuff).

Eight Ways to Improve and Maintain a Good Credit Score

Whether you like it or not, your credit score can determine how easy or how difficult it is to buy a car, buy a house, get cell phone service, or even get a job.  A bad credit score can negatively impact just about every area of your life. Sometimes, a bad credit score can result from events entirely out of your control such as illness, disability, or from the loss of a job.

Financial Forum April 2019

Market Commentary – A Strong Start to the Year, but Risks Remain

After suffering their worst December since the Great Depression, stocks had their best first quarter in ten years primarily due to the Federal Reserve halting interest rate increases and improving U.S-China trade relations. Perhaps the most impactful event of Q1 was the Fed

Fourth Quarter 2018 Gross Domestic Product

More data regarding America’s economic output were collected and tallied up by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, providing a fuller look at our nation’s gross domestic product.  Unfortunately, the fuller picture suggests additional slowing took place in the final quarter of last year than first thought.  On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, output grew 2.2 percent, r

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