The December 2014 issue of Financial Planning magazine had an article about “Strategies for Wealthy Execs.” It begins:
Just because your clients are successful executives doesn’t mean they understand their own finances.
And that’s true. Successful executives are good at running businesses or giant corporations. But that does not make them experts in personal finance.
One of the ways executives are compensated is with stock options. But options must be exercised or they will expire. Yet 11% of in-the-money stock options are allowed to expire each year. That’s usually because they don’t pay attention to their stock option statements.
Executives usually end up with concentrated positions in their company’s stock. Prudence requires that everyone, especially including corporate executives, have to be properly diversified. Their shares may be restricted and can only be sold under the SEC’s Rule 144. To prevent charges of insider trading, many executives sell their company stock under Rule 10b5-1.
An additional consideration for executives is charitable giving. Higher income and capital gains tax rates make it beneficial for richer executives to set up donor-advised funds, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, or family foundations.
For more information on these strategies, consult a knowledgeable financial planner.