Restricted Stock Units:
What are they?
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An RSU grant is a promise from an employer to award employees with shares of the company's stock…
Narrator [off-screen]: An RSU grant is a promise from an employer to award employees with shares of the company's stock…
And a way to share in the company's potential financial success.
Narrator: …and a way to share in your company's potential financial success. Your company distributes RSUs to employees…
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Narrator: …determines the number they receive, and sets the vesting schedule.
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Narrator: Over time, RSUs convert to stock shares.
The certificates disappear, leaving only the calendar. A line graph emerges from the calendar showing how the amount vested increases by 25% each year following the date the grant is received.
Narrator: Vesting is the time it takes for your grant to turn into shares. On the vesting date, they become yours.
At year 4 and 100% vested, a laptop appears surrounded by erupting fireworks.
Narrator: In order to accept a grant, you need to open a Schwab brokerage account—or link your existing brokerage account.
To accept a grant, open a Schwab brokerage account.
A laptop displaying the Equity Awards Center webpage.
Narrator: From here, you can review grant details and accept the award.
Review grant details and accept award.
The webpage changes to display different available grants.
Narrator: Since vesting may be a taxable event, your company may sell or withhold a portion of your vested shares to cover your tax obligation. Your net shares will be deposited into your Schwab brokerage account.
Net shares will be deposited into your account.
The webpage scrolls down to show the current equity diversity and vested shares for the example client. A blue box emerges with the text “Taxation can be complex. We encourage you to reach out to your tax advisor for guidance.”
Narrator: Still have questions? Give us a call.
Still have questions?
To talk to a Schwab Stock Plan Specialist, call 800-654-2593.
International participants, call +1-602-355-3408.
Narrator: Or, from your Schwab account, navigate to Equity Awards and click on Knowledge Center.
Or from your Schwab account, navigate to Equity Awards and click on Knowledge Center.
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