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This Stock Option Calculator is designed to help users predict the future value of their stock options. To use this tool you will need to enter the current stock price of your stock option, the number of options you currently hold, the number of years you plan on holding them, the strike price and the stock appreciation rate. After entering this information you can select to graph the results based on your stock options' value by year or your stock options final value.
There are several different types of compensation an employee can receive from his or her employer. One type of compensation is the stock option. Stock options are usually given to employees once a year based on their seniority, position and company policy. Employers like this type of compensation because it really doesn't cost them anything until the employee retires or leaves the company.
As an employee you may have stock options integrated into your annual salary already. If this is the case, you may feel that they really aren't doing you much good right now. However, when you are ready to cash in these options you will reap the benefits of this compensation type. If you are interested in learning how much your stock options will be worth next year or 20 years from now you can use our Stock Option Calculator.
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This is a many-faceted question with no single correct answer – if there was one, there would be no stockbrokers in the world and every trader would be a millionaire! As a rule of thumb, having stock options in the company you work for is beneficial to everyone; you typically get more than you would if it was a straight cash bonus, and the company gets an employee with a vested interest in the success of their business.
With that said, if you need the money now, cashing out is a perfectly viable and acceptable option. Similarly, if you feel that the company is stagnating – for example if they are refusing to hire on new staff or take necessary long-term measures such as improving infrastructure, that may be a signal to you that it is time to take the money. Conversely, if the company is aggressively expanding, and hiring lots of new people, this could be a sign of good times in the business.
The bottom line is that with stock options, you are always taking a bit of a gamble. If you cash out, you can spend the money on whatever you like, and no-one can take the money away from you for reasons beyond your control (except perhaps the IRS). However, holding onto your stock options until just the right moment can pay handsome dividends further down the line.