This week, Craig Siminski, of CMS Retirement Income Planning, shares an article discussing specific risks and tax implications when acquiring company stock inside or outside of a workplace retirement plan:
The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. Your compensation may include stock options or bonuses paid in company stock.
Shares may be offered at a discount through an employee stock purchase plan and held in a taxable account, or company stock might be one of the investment options in your tax-deferred 401(k) plan.
Either way, having too much of your retirement savings or net worth invested in your employer’s stock could become a problem if the company or sector hits hard times. There are also some tax implications to consider.
Concentrate on Diversification
The possibility of heavy losses from having a large portion of your portfolio holdings in one investment, asset class, or market segment is known as concentration risk. Buying shares of any individual stock carries risks specific to that company or industry, so a shift in market forces, regulation, technology, competition, scandals, and other unexpected events could damage the value of the business.
Holding more than 10% to 15% of your assets in company stock could upend your retirement strategy if the stock suddenly declines in value, and overconcentration can sneak up on you as your position builds slowly over time. To help maintain a healthy level of diversification in your portfolio, look closely at…
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Craig Siminski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, with more than 22 years of experience. His goal is to provide families, business owners, and their employees with assistance in building their financial freedom.
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