NSOs vs. RSUs – How to make a good equity compensation choice




  • More companies are giving employees a choice between NSOs (Non-Qualified Stock Options) and RSUs (Restricted Stock Units).
  • There is no right or wrong choice. It is about understanding the pros and cons of each and how they fit with your goals, risk tolerance, and personal financial profile.
  • RSUs are easier to understand, manage, and most often considered less risky, with less downside. 
  • NSOs are more complex, harder to manage, and riskier, with more downside.
  • Generally, you will receive more NSOs than RSUs.
  • It is often helpful to breakout your considerations into tax and investment issues.

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Mark Struthers


Chanhassen, MN 55317

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