Over the past 20 years, Megan has risen the ranks at a Fortune 500 company. During this time, a large percentage of her total compensation came in the form of stock options and grants. As a result, her company stock represented a large portion of Megan’s and her husband’s total net worth. When the couple wanted to use the stock to fund building their dream home, they asked for our helping in doing this in the most tax-efficient way possible.
Untangling a complex, concentrated position
Although Megan was confident in the future of the company, she realized that being so concentrated, not just in a single industry but in a single company, was a risky proposition. Also, because she had accumulated the stock through a combination of non-qualified stock options, qualified stock options, and restricted stock grants, her holdings presented a very complicated picture in terms of taxes.
Building a dream home with tax-efficient liquidity
Now that their children are out of the house and beginning their careers, Megan and her husband decided to build their dream home. The couple was also interested in diversifying their wealth across industries and asset classes.
With these goals in mind, we worked with Megan to develop a strategy that would generate liquidity to pay for the construction of the house and build a more diversified portfolio while minimizing the tax implications of these transactions. An important element of this strategy was writing covered calls against the company stock that she owned. We tailored this approach to the couple’s specific liquidity and timing needs and then executed the strategy.
Starting children on a path to financial success
Megan and her husband were also focused on preparing their children for their own financial journeys. We created trusts that would provide the appropriate level of financial support to the children and educated them about how the trusts work. We also helped the children set up Roth IRAs to start their retirement savings.
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Investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal. No investment strategy can guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Diversification does not protect against risk; it is a method used to help manage portfolio volatility.