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ISBN-13: 078-5555061781 ISBN-10: 076455364X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764553646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Find out if you should keep 'em or cash 'em

The fast and easy way(TM) to master IPOs, ISOs, ESPPs, andmore! Confused by the huff and puff surrounding stock options? Letexpert Alan Simon demystify this often-confusing world for you.From clear explanations of how your stock options might make youmoney - or not - this unintimidating guide will help you navigateyour company's stock option plan with ease.

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

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

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About the Author

Alan R. Simon, author of Data Warehousing For Dummies, is a manager at Deloitte Consulting. Alan has experienced every side of stock options in public and pre-IPO companies, large Fortune 500 corporations, and small consulting firms.

Customer Reviews

Tax issues, etc.
Falcon
While this book may be very useful for someone wanting information about EMPLOYEE stock options, it was completely worthless to me.
Jason Briggs
I was misled by the title of this book am disappointed.
M. Edington

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Alan Simon on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
First, disregard the 5-star rating. *I* think the book is good of course, but that's not why I'm writing this comment.

To the two recent reviewers who complain that the book isn't about puts and calls but rather about ISOs, NQSOs, etc. - look, I'm sorry for your inconvenience but if you had taken about 2 minutes to skim the table of contents and the editorial review on the amazon.com page ("...your company's stock option plan..."), you would CLEARLY see what type of stock options this book discusses. In fact, taking less time to do so than it took you to write your complaint-reviews and give the book a poor review would have saved each of you $20 or whatever the book cost you.

So my sympathies to you for your misspent $, but come on: blaming the author and publisher for your own haste and, further, feeling the need to do so publicly on an amazon.com review with one- and two-star rankings? (At least the other reader who did the same thing back in August, 2003 had the courtesy to give a 5-star ranking because of the reselling experience on amazon.com to rectify his/her error.)

I sincerely hope that if you do begin to dabble in puts and calls - the other kind of stock options - that you do so with much greater care than you took in making your respective book purchases. Otherwise, you should really think twice about that side of the investing world.

To the one reader who is looking for a beginner's book about the other kind of stock options: see "Futures and Options For Dummies" by Joe Duarte. But do your homework first before buying!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
By far, the best, most thorough, and most honest book on stock options I've ever read. Even though other books (such as Pastore and Thomas) cover taxes on stock options in more detail, the author definitely provides more than enough information, including considerations I've never seen elsewhere - ordinary income tax and AMT implications of working in multiple states, for example. And he covers the dreaded AMT trap of ISOs with detailed scenarios, better and easier to understand than I've seen anywhere else. But by far, this book's greatest value is in the author's no-holds-barred discussion of - as he puts it in one of the chapter headings - the good, the bad, and the ugly of stock options, including an entire chapter on stock option agreements and what to watch for. Like most Dummies books, there is humor and sarcasm, but the author doesn't overdo it; it just makes the book extremely readable. Even those who have had stock options in the past - whether or not they made money or not - will find value in the author's fresh perspective and post-crash look at just about everything about options.
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful By bemydemon on August 9, 2003
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I was looking for a "dummies" book on options trading (puts, calls, volatility, etc.) so I ordered it. What I got was a comprehensive review of the ramifications of owning stock options issued by the company that employs you. In short, I felt like a dummy for not researching further before purchase. Don't make the same mistake I did. There is a silver lining, though. I promptly repackaged the book in the shipping box that I received it in and sold it through Amazon, recouping almost all of my original cost. If you have any books you don't need or want, I wholeheartedly endorse Amazon's used book marketplace. I gave it 5 stars because of this experience, and the fact that it is another top-notch example from the excellent Dummies series, just not what I was looking for. Incidentally, if you're looking for what I was looking for originally, you can't go wrong with anything Larry McMillan has written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11, 2014
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This is a good intro for ISOs, NQSO's, taxation issues, and subjects related more to employee stock options. If you're looking for a book on how to hedge or speculate using options there are better books out there for that. My own view is that since options are a time wasting asset and aren't usually held very long you should get some background in technical analysis too since in the short run the stock market--especially these days--tends to be ruled by fickle market sentiments rather than fundamentals and by the now over 5000 hedge funds out there, most of which aren't headquartered in the U.S. so aren't subject to U.S. rules on mutual funds. Most mutual funds can't have more than 2% of their capital in any one position and many can't short stocks. Hedge funds have no such limitations. The argument for hedge funds is that since their (theoretically, anyway) strategy is to be market neutral at any one time, they are a good thing since they act to "stabilize" the market and move it toward equilibrium.

Of course this is just another academic theory that any experienced trader knows is pure nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I've studied a fair bit of academic economics and it's important to know some, but the reality is that the hedge funds all tend to have the same momentum mentality so they all pile into and out of the same stocks all at once, which defeats the original rationale for their existence. The other thing that didn't help was the removal during the Bush administration of the uptick short selling rule, another bad idea since anyone with any real world stock experience knows that stocks tend to crash downwards, not upwards.
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More About the Author

For many years I've kept a foot (actually a manuscript) in several different areas of writing: technology, business, and fiction. At the heart of the matter, I can only presume that I enjoy putting a good story in print, even if I've been doing so in widely different genres.

Back in 1985, I published my first technology/business book: the first edition of HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL COMPUTER CONSULTANT. Then, between 1990 (the second edition of HOW TO BE...) and 2001, I authored or co-authored 27 other technology, business, and even a couple of personal finance titles. Along the way I worked in the information technology field, beginning as a software developer and ending up as a national or global practice leader for business intelligence and data warehousing (my areas of specialization) with several consulting firms.

Between 2002 and 2014, I took a break - admittedly a long one! - from my original field of writing, except for one "fun" book about basic management and leadership lessons set against the backdrop of stories from the history of my hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. I continued working in the technology field as my "day job" but my writing shifted into the historical fiction area. In 2002, I began working in earnest on two manuscripts...THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and UNFINISHED BUSINESS, both of which have been available since 2010. And as I wrote THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR, the idea for three similarly structured sequels in that family saga also surfaced...the first of which, THANKSGIVING, 1942, was published in November, 2012 on the 70th anniversary of when that story is set. Up next: THE FIRST CHRISTMAS AFTER THE WAR is in the final stages of rewriting and editing.

I also had the idea around the same time for my novel GETTYSBURG, 1913: THE COMPLETE NOVEL OF THE GREAT REUNION, which I've been writing off and on for more than a decade in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of that momentous occasion that has been all but forgotten over the years. Parts I, II and III of GETTYSBURG, 1913 were published as a serialized novel (with slightly different subtitles) between 2012 and 2014, and the "Gettysburg Complete" edition containing all 3 parts of the tale in one volume is now available to mark the countdown to the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Also, since I grew up in Pittsburgh (where most of my historical novels to date have been set) I watched the great Roberto Clemente play for the Pittsburgh Pirates when I was younger. I just published a short memoir about Clemente, timed for the 40th anniversary of when the world lost Roberto on his humanitarian mission following the Nicaragua earthquake in 1972. Anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh in those days, or most any baseball fan, will enjoy CLEMENTE: MEMORIES OF A ONCE-YOUNG FAN - FOUR BIRTHDAYS, THREE WORLD SERIES, TWO HOLIDAY STEELERS GAMES, AND ONE BAR MITZVAH.

My fiction writing continues, but now it's accompanied once again by technology and business writing. My first technology-related book in 13 years was published in September, 2014: MODERN BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT: A ROADMAP FOR IT DIRECTORS, MANAGERS, AND ARCHITECTS. Soon to follow: a companion title entitled ENTERPRISE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DATA WAREHOUSING: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS. Both titles are published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, for whom I've written in the past. And there's a couple of others on the drawing board right now, along with some ideas for management and leadership titles.

On the fiction side, I have a LONG list of to-be-written titles...not just in historical fiction, but in other areas as well.

For me, writing is a passion regardless of whether it's technology, business, sports-related memoirs, or fiction. Today, I still do some consulting but I'm also a faculty member in the Information Systems Department at Arizona State University, my alma mater. As they say about some actors, I'd like to think I have range!

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