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Get the most out of your equity awards.

Explore the page below to learn about equity compensation, get answers to your questions, and find helpful forms.

Account Features

Your brokerage account is your first destination for monitoring and managing your equity awards. It holds assets from vested restricted stock or exercised stock options.

  • Here's what you'll get:

    • $0 online stock option, stock purchase, equity and exercise commissions1
    • Satisfaction Guarantee2
    • No minimum account balance requirement
    • Zero monthly service fees
  • Here's what you can do:

    • Chat with Financial Consultants
    • Get answers to questions
  • Here's what you can add:

    • An easy way to trade stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, CDs, and more
    • Easy access to money with a Visa® debit card, checks, online bill pay, and fund transfers
    • Freedom to manage money and deposit checks using Schwab Mobile DepositTM

    Review the Employee Stock Option Exercise, Equity Award and Equity Award Center Agreement form >

Restricted Stock Units and Awards

A restricted stock unit (RSU) is the right to receive company stock when vesting conditions are met. Upon vesting, RSUs convert to shares of company common stock.

Restricted stock awards (RSAs) are shares of stock given to you. Once they are granted, you have voting and dividend rights on the shares, but the shares cannot be sold or transferred until vesting requirements are met.

To learn more, browse through our tutorial videos below.

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RSUs and Awards information

  • What are they?

    Your company is giving you RSUs, but what does that mean exactly?

    We'll help you understand RSUs and walk you through how they work.

  • Selling shares

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    Now that you have shares, what do you do if you want to sell them?

    Learn step-by-step instructions on how to sell your shares.

  • How you are taxed

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    It's important to know what RSUs are and how they can impact your taxes.

    Get all the details before tax season.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Your company-run employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) allows you to buy shares of your employer's stock at a discounted price, typically through after-tax payroll deductions. The acquired shares are deposited into your Schwab Equity Award Center® (EAC).

When you become eligible, you'll receive an enrollment email from your employer or Schwab prior to your employer's open enrollment period. Check with your stock team, HR department, or legal group for details on important dates and procedures.

Take a deeper dive into your ESPP through the tutorial videos below.

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ESPP Information

  • What is it?

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    Your company has an ESPP, but what does that mean for you?

    It means a lot of good things. Learn all about the ESPP and the benefits of buying shares.

  • How you are taxed

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    How you're taxed depends on the choices you make while purchasing and selling your shares.

    Take a moment to see how it all works.

  • How to enroll

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    When it's time for open enrollment, make sure you know what to do.

    View step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in your company's ESPP.

Stock Options

Stocks acquired through the exercise of non-qualified stock options (NQSOs) are taxed as compensation and subject to payroll tax withholding at the time of exercise.

With incentive stock options (ISOs), you are not liable for ordinary income tax if you hold the stock for one year after the exercise date and at least two years after the grant date. However, the exercise of an ISO is subject to alternative minimum tax.

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Equity awards on the go

  • Equity awards on the go.

    To keep track of your equity awards while you're out and about, download the Schwab Mobile app.

    Download on the Apple App Store   Get it on Google Play

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