The Danger of Stock Option Grants

Stock options are a great idea run amok, as evidenced by the massive option packages awarded to some high-profile CEOs. Options are given tax treatment so companies have an incentive to depend on them for more of their employee compensation. But options are not free to current investors, as they dilute present and current earnings per share. Bill Mann offers a shorthand he learned from Warren Buffett as a rough instrument to calculate their true cost.

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