Concentrated Stock Strategies

Big portfolio position? It may be a big problem.

If a single stock makes up more than 20% of your portfolio, you have a concentrated stock position — which may be problematic.

The stock may be inherited or accumulated from stock options or contributions to a 401(k) plan. It may have greatly appreciated in value or may be a reliable source of income.

But an outsized position also means a portfolio with less diversification, more risk, lower liquidity, greater volatility and, if there’s significant appreciation, serious tax consequences.

Colony Group is committed to your holistic financial well-being. We can help you explore these options:

  • Selling the stock — Current long-term capital gains tax rates remain at or near historical lows. Scheduling the sale of a set amount of stock with the highest cost basis over time can minimize tax liability.
  • Hedging the stock — If you’re restricted from selling shares of company stock or have a short time horizon that makes selling unattractive, this strategy can protect wealth, delay income taxes and diversify risk.
  • Exchange funds — Fees can be high and liquidity is limited, but this strategy diversifies the portfolio and defers capital gains.
  • Charitable remainder trusts – Income tax deferral and diversification are benefits of this philanthropic approach, best suited for a large holding in a highly concentrated stock with low-cost basis positions.

For a full description of how to evaluate concentrated stock positions, and what to do with them, download your copy of Colony’s overview below.

Concentrated Stock Strategies

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