Financial Planning for Employees Before and After IPO

Financial Planning for Employees Before and After IPO

Working for a company that goes public can have life-changing financial consequences. It can also give rise to tax and legal issues that must be addressed proactively to protect and maximize your windfall. 

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6 Financial Planning Optimizations to Complete Before 2021

6 Financial Planning Optimizations to Complete Before 2021

While the last two months of the year are often focused on holiday preparations and celebrations, there are five areas of your finances that you need to be reviewing in order to reduce your tax burden and maximize your financial gain before the end of the year.

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Managing Employees Through a Liquidity Event: How HR Can Help with Equity Decisions

Managing Employees Through a Liquidity Event: How HR Can Help with Equity Decisions

This can be an exciting time for your organization, but if you’re a manager or HR leader, it likely means you will be facing a wave of questions from employees throughout the event about what it means for their equity and personal finances.

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SPAC vs. IPO: Valuation, Lockup Period, and Employee Equity

SPAC vs. IPO: Valuation, Lockup Period, and Employee Equity

As a founder or an employee at a company undergoing a SPAC, you should start planning as soon as you're aware the event is on the horizon. The financial impact of this event will not just be an easy windfall -- you'll have to consider the potential costs of exercising options, timing of selling shares, and the resulting tax bill before you can start thinking about how to invest your net proceeds.

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Diversify Your Portfolio: How Startup Employees Over-invest in Tech

Diversify Your Portfolio: How Startup Employees Over-invest in Tech

Tech as an industry has had major growth in the last few years, and continues to hold strong, even in 2020. However, recent history shows that many tech employees run the very real risk of being too invested in the technology sector. We outline the most common components that make up this overall risk below, and offer some guidance how best to balance your unique risks and opportunities. 

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Investment Strategies for a Large Windfall or Inheritance

Investment Strategies for a Large Windfall or Inheritance

Often, the best thing to do is to invest in assets that allow your wealth to grow over time, so that you can reap the benefits for years to come and perhaps even the rest of your life. However, deciding and researching the mechanics of how exactly to invest a large sum of money isn't always straightforward.

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Is Financial Advising Worth It? The ROI of Professional Investment Management

Is Financial Advising Worth It? The ROI of Professional Investment Management

What can individual investors do to de-risk their portfolio despite the mechanical and psychological headwinds they face? This is where the discipline, knowledge, and experience of a financial advisor can add tremendous value.

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Cashing Out Startup Shares: Calculating Potential Value and Costs

Cashing Out Startup Shares: Calculating Potential Value and Costs

As you plan to cash out your startup shares outside of a traditional liquidity event (IPO, acquisition, merger), consider the potential value, costs, and tax considerations you'll need to keep in mind as you go through this process.

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Selling Your Startup Shares: Comparison of Secondary Stock Marketplaces

Selling Your Startup Shares: Comparison of Secondary Stock Marketplaces

For those beginning the process of executing on a secondary sale of your shares, we've outlined several specific vendors and types of sales in this article, with the relevant fees and restrictions for each.

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Promissory Note Program: A Financial Employee Benefit for Early-Stage Startups

Promissory Note Program: A Financial Employee Benefit for Early-Stage Startups

76% of startup employees never exercise or sell the pre-IPO stock options they have earned. Harness Wealth's Promissory Note Program allows employees to exercise without putting up any cash upfront.

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