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Your Restricted Stock Just Vested: Should You Sell Now or Wait?

Restricted stock is a key part of many stock-based compensation plans. Unfortunately, you can’t control when it vests (i.e., becomes yours to keep). When it happens in a down market, it certainly doesn’t feel good. And depending on your industry, your stock may be down a lot more than the market, which feels even worse. […]

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3 Common Objections to Exit Planning

For many business owners, exit planning does not usually make the to-do list. Not enough time, retirement being many years away, or some other reason – there are plenty of excuses owners cite as to why they have not addressed exit planning. With most business owners reliant on their company’s value to fund retirement, why […]

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You Are Ready to Sell Your Business but Is Your Business Ready to Sell?

For most business owners, their business is their biggest asset. It is what they pour the most amount of time, energy, and resources into. Every owner will transition out of their business at some point, but many businesses are not ready to be sold. The retirement plans of most business owners are heavily reliant upon […]

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An Introduction to Phantom Stock and Stock Appreciation Rights

Providing equity is one of the best ways for companies to attract, retain and motivate top talent. Equity-based compensation can align the goals of key employees with the organization, ultimately increasing motivation, retention and results. However, it’s not always easy to give actual ownership, especially if the shares are illiquid, cash is tight, or existing […]

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3 Reasons You Need a Business Valuation

A full business valuation – many business owners hear those words and cringe.  Hours of data and document gathering, coupled with a hefty price tag, only for someone to provide an estimate of their business’ value that they already have a good handle on.  Why would anyone do that?  What are the benefits?  There are […]

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Is Your Business Worth What You Think It Is?

We have all been there – you see a nice sports car, fire engine red, and think to yourself, “Wow, what a beautiful car!”  What makes it a nice car? Just the way it looks, or does knowing there is a ton of horsepower under the hood also make it desirable? But what if you […]

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Tax Increases and Stock Options. What Does This Mean for You?

With possible tax increases coming soon, what does that mean for your stock options? A new bill could be passed at the 11th hour, and with year-end approaching, now is the time to analyze how this may impact you. Stock Options – A Brief Overview Stock options give employees the right to buy company stock […]

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Business Owners – Is Your Buy-Sell Agreement Ready to Go?

When owning a business with others, it is very important to have an up-to-date buy-sell agreement in place.  A buy-sell agreement is a legal document that outlines what happens in a business with multiple owners in the event of termination, disability, divorce, or death.  Many business owners admit that they either don’t have such a […]

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The Wall Street Journal interviews Matt Foltz Regarding New Tax Proposal

BDF’s Matt Foltz talks with Laura Sanders of The Wall Street Journal how the proposed tax changes will affect business owners in the article Capital Gains and Capital Pains in the House Tax Proposal.

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Leaving Your Job? 4 Executive Compensation Considerations

Thinking about leaving your job? You’re not alone. 2021 is turning into the “Big Resignation,” with millions either quitting or thinking about leaving for greener pastures. If you are a professional falling into this camp, what does that mean for your Executive Compensation? Here are key considerations if you’re thinking about making a leap. 1. […]

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3 Important Tips To Help Business Owners Prepare for Life After the Business

How many times have you heard someone say, “When I retire, I want to move somewhere warm and play golf”?  Does that sound familiar?  While it certainly sounds nice and may work for some people, it is hardly an effective retirement plan.  It goes without saying – if that is the only planning being done, […]

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Key Ingredients: Time, Health, and Money

What factors have made your retirement so successful? This is the very question I asked Doug and Debbie over dinner in their Florida condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. I have been fortunate to know Doug and Debbie for over a decade, and they have truly mastered the art of retirement. Deb, as usual, cut […]

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