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Wealth is won and lost through the management of concentrated company stock positions. With the S&P 500 setting record highs, financial advisors need to understand the wide range of strategies and solutions available for preventing loss of wealth and for meeting clients' financial goals.

In this webinar (100 minutes), experts at managing concentrated stock wealth explain the approaches:

- Role of the financial advisor in explaining overconcentration risks and solutions
- Strategies to diversify and create liquidity and/or protect the stock in a tax-efficient way
- Basic strategies: sales, gifts, and charitable donations of stock
- Short-term strategies: protective puts, covered calls, collars, and forwards
- Long-term strategies: exchange funds and stock protection trusts
- Tax, legal, and SEC complexities, including how Rule 10b5-1 plans can be used
- Key features of each strategy
- Checklist to evaluate which approaches are best
- Case studies

The webinar offers 2.0 CE credit hours for:
- Certified Financial Planners (CFPs)
- Certified Equity Professionals (CEPs)

All registered attendees get unlimited streaming access to the webinar recording for their personal viewing, along with the presentation slide deck. Therefore, even if you have a time conflict, please still register, as you will receive a link to the recording and presentation.

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About the Speakers

1620075110-5b3da5da7698bef2 Brian Yolles
Founder and CEO of StockShield LLC

Brian Yolles is Founder and CEO of StockShield LLC, an SEC-registered broker-dealer that specializes in protecting concentrated stock positions. He has more than 15 years of experience in the investment industry and has been awarded five US patents for his innovations. Prior to founding StockShield, Mr. Yolles served as an equity research analyst at Dowling & Partners Securities, a highly regarded broker-dealer specializing in insurance stocks. He was born in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Yale University, earning a bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) in American Studies and a master of business administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

1620075393-1e770a07fd62b9f4 Valerie Gospodarek
Owner, VG Financial Consulting LLC

Valerie J. Gospodarek, CFA, has over 25 years of financial industry experience and currently owns her own business, VG Financial Consulting LLC, where she helps people with planning and organizing their finances. Over her career, she has served in a variety of roles including managing individual investment and trust accounts, overseeing approximately 200 money managers, consulting on 401(k) plans, participating in asset allocation and portfolio construction decisions, and spearheading a multitude of special projects. The breadth and depth of this experience provides her with a unique perspective when helping her clients. Her need to manage her own family’s executive compensation combined with employees’ need to better understand these important investments led her to specialize in helping clients with their stock options, deferred compensation plans and concentrated company stock positions.

1620075644-f33ff12301728f80 Aaron Staley
Creator, AMA Finance

Since his college days, Aaron has been intrigued by finance—a subject that combined his love of both complex probabilistic models with risk-taking. This combination of skills came useful when his employer, Dropbox, went through an initial public offering. Namely, he both recognized the need to rapidly reduce single-stock exposure and constructed and executed on a complex strategy to do so. In addition to running a website to assist other smaller shareholders going through an IPO (, Aaron works as a software engineer at Airtable.

1620075895-95c7ea9ffde85d1a Mark Leeds
Partner, Mayer Brown

Mark H. Leeds is a Tax Transactions & Consulting partner in Mayer Brown's New York office. His practice is focused on the tax consequences of a variety of capital markets products and strategies, including over-the-counter derivative transactions, swaps, tax-exempt derivatives, and strategies for efficient utilization of tax attributes.

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