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Our books

  • Go Roth!
    Our guide to Roth IRAs and Roth accounts in 401k and 403b plans
  • Capital Gains, Minimal Taxes
    Explains tax rules and strategies for people who buy and sell stocks, mutual funds and options
  • Consider Your Options
    How to handle stock options and other forms of equity compensation you receive from your employer
  • Equity Compensation Strategies
    A textbook and reference for professionals who offer advice on how to handle stock options and other forms of equity compensation

Course of Study

Equity Compensation Strategies


Our book, Equity Compensation Strategies, is not merely a guide and reference for those working in this area. It is also designed for use in a course of study. That means it can be used by by firms that want to establish a competency requirement for professionals handling equity compensation issues for their clients. Due to a change in CFP Board policies, however, we are not at this time able to offer continuing education credit for this course of study.

Design features

The book is designed to be suitable for use in a course of training for financial advisors and tax professionals offering services to individuals that receive stock options and other forms of equity compensation:

  • Each chapter lays out specific learning objectives, explains the subject matter in clear language and provides a summary of the key points.
  • Study questions appear at the end of each part of the book, with answers and explanations in the back.
  • Exams are available for those who want to demonstrate their understanding of the material. A processing fee applies when answers are submitted for grading.

Learning objectives

The overall course objective is to gain an understanding of investment and tax considerations relevant in formulating, evaluating and implementing sound strategies for individuals who receive stock options and other forms of equity compensation. Learning objectives for each module are to cover the material described:

  • Module 1
    Part I: Preliminaries
    Part II: Dealing with Company Stock
    Part III: Taxation of Stock Investments
    Level: Basic/Intermediate
  • Module 2
    Part IV: Stock Received as Compensation
    Part V: Stock Option Valuation and Harvesting
    Part VI: Nonqualified Stock Options and SARs
    Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Module 3
    Part VII: Incentive Stock Options
    Part VIII: Tax Strategies for Incentive Stock Options
    Level: Advanced

For more details see the table of contents (PDF file).

We offer exams for each of these modules. A number of prominent companies now use these exams to establish the competence of advisors offering services in this area. Please contact us if you want information on establishing such a program at your company. At this time, the exams cannot be used to earn continuing education credit.


This course of study does not lead to a certification or other professional designation. The study materials are adapted from those previously used in the Certified Option Advisor program, but that program has been discontinued.

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