I am a former Stock Options Market Maker on the CBOE and the Pacific Stock Exchange. I and some others used a strategy of identifying mis-priced calls and puts. We sold the over-priced and bought the under-priced and then hedged to reduce risk.

After noticing that the millions of employees who have been granted equity compensation by their employer/company and their advisers have little understanding of the value that these employees have, the risks of losing that value and how to manage those positions to maximize that value, I decided to enter that arena using my understanding of traded puts and calls and techniques to reduce risk and maximize the value.

The equity compensation industry is completely lacking in informing grantees of equity compensation concepts other than the tax consequences of making early exercises. This lack of communications is deliberate because a well informed grantee managing his grants maximally raises the costs and reduces the benefits to the company and their wealth managers.

My question is "Are there any members in this forum who have an interest in how to manage equity compensation grants to executives and employees with the object of maximizing their value and reducing risk? "

John Olagues


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