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Need to understand stock options so as not to appear a total noob...

I believe I am bring offered a job for which I just interviewed for. The president of this technology company emailed me and told me my compensation would be: x dollars base salary + y dollars in stock options. This does not seem to be a publicly traded company so I'm not sure what this means or what I would even need to ask to properly evaluate the offer... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 - 22 answers

How do people research and learn out stocks and other investments?

I have a bit of discretionary money (1k). Rather than just letting it sit in a bank account earning basically no interest, I am opting to dip my toes in to the world of stocks, options, investing, etc. Other than buying shares in a company I am already aware of and think is going to do well in the future (which isn't always that simple, I know), how do people independently (ie. not via a broker) research and learn about other stocks and worthy investments? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Dec 6, 2013 - 27 answers

I need to send an email to ~1500 people. How do I do it?

I'm launching a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, and I have around 1500 people to email. How do I do this simply? I'd like the emails to come from my personal gmail address (and not DONOTREPLY@Mail1000.com or something), and if possible, I'd like to customize the emails such that they refer to each person by name (I have everyone in an excel file at the moment). If relevant for potential software/plugin solutions, I have a Mac and a Wordpress site on a good server.
posted by sdis on Dec 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Video games that leave you with less and less

What are video games in which your decisions rob you of resources or options, leaving you with fewer and fewer possibilities as the game goes on? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Oct 10, 2013 - 45 answers

Fundraising site - donor can pay processing fee?

I remember running across a fundraiser on a site (ala GoFundMe or Indiegogo) where they gave the donors the option to add the processing fee to their donation, or take the processing fee out of their donation amount. Which site is this?
posted by divabat on Sep 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Hospice care - Medicare coverage for room and board?

I am hoping that someone will be able to point me in the direction of any programs that cover room and board in an inpatient hospice care facility in Michigan. The patient is my boyfriend's mother, who has refused chemo and is ready to call hospice to make her remaining time comfortable. She was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in May and has just been given the prognosis of ~3 months. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Aug 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Major life decisions ahead…

My wife and I are at a crossroads, in a good way. We have a few very interesting opportunities, and each carries its own pros and cons. Please help us consider our options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2013 - 10 answers

In Need of an Affordable Dental Plan

I am looking for a dental plan I can enroll in. My employer does not provide dental insurance. I live in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on May 21, 2013 - 15 answers

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me plan my spa week

I am going to spend a week's vacation at a resort that has a spa. This isn't really a spa getaway, but I've been to this resort before and the spa is very good. I would like to visit the spa on at least 6 days, to get either a massage or a body treatment. I know I will have both the time and money to do this. Can you help me plan which treatments to get and in what order? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Dec 2, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the best way to start trading stock options?

Thinking of stepping foot into Stock Options trading while in college full-time. Any advice on where to start? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Oct 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Raise or fold?

Should I exercise my time-limited stock options? I can afford it, but not without unease. I think it's a probably a good investment, but I have trouble determining how good. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Think John Kelly Chocolates but without the sugar.

I *love* buying chocolates or candy for friends and family on special occasions. It's kind of my thing, and the fancier the better. The problem is I have a diabetic in the family, and I want to send them something to celebrate an anniversary. Is there such a thing as fancy sugar-free chocolate or candy? I need something nicer than a bag of sugar-free Lifesavers.
posted by phaedon on Sep 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Fine-tuned searching - how is it formed?

What kind of search engine is this, and is it something which one has to code themselves or which websites get someone to set up for them? How does it work? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 14, 2012 - 10 answers

This job is killing me.

Panic attacks are killing my self employment. What (work) should I do? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 11, 2012 - 13 answers

What did you do with your molecular biology PhD?

I'm doing a PhD in molecular biology, and I want to get a broader feel for my options when I graduate. [more inside]
posted by jlibera on May 26, 2012 - 2 answers

What are career options outside of academia for someone with an astronomy Ph.D.?

What are career options outside of academia for someone with an astronomy Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Mar 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Sell call options before a dividend announcement?

Newbie options investor question related to dividends. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Feb 29, 2012 - 4 answers

I made the wrong career choice so now what do I do?

I enrolled in a veterinary technician program this past fall, and I've realized that I don't want a career in this particular field. The main reason I actually returned to school was not to pursue a career I want, but just to get away from my previous job, which I hated. If I choose to quit the program, how do I tell those supporting me, specifically financially, that I don't want to take this path anymore even though I appeared so sure of it before? Also, where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT on Feb 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Investing in an oil spike

I have a good feeling the oil price will go through the roof (+50%) in the next 6-12 months. How can I profit from this in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Oct 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for People to Interview About Bus Travel

I'm looking for an interstate bus advocacy, lobbying, or research group. I'd like to talk to someone about how the market shifted over last 10 years, especially in the northeast. Topics for discussion: Increased ridership (possibly due to recession). Their pricing and the competitive pressures MegaBus/Chinatown exerted on, say, Greyhound. Also, issues of safety and worker rights. Have they made their rides cheaper on the backs of underpaid workers and decreased rider safety?
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Automated trading API?

Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

to baldly go where...

Are there any actively good-looking hairstyles/cuts for young balding guys? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 - 30 answers

So, I have options

I recently received approximately ~$10k worth of restricted stock that vests evenly over the next several years. I've been with the company one year and it's my first job out of college. Could someone provide some insight into 'stock options' as compensation tool? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 - 18 answers

Possible 3 part-time jobs, or 1 fulltime job. What should my strategy be?

Possible 3 part-time jobs, or 1 fulltime job. What should my strategy be? [more inside]
posted by Like its 1997 on Feb 15, 2011 - 20 answers

Make 0.000 display as 0.000 and not 0 in Excel

Microsoft Excel Filter: When I type 0.000, I want the cell to display "0.000" and not "0". How do I stop all of this ridiculous autoformating in Excel for good? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Nov 29, 2010 - 23 answers

Want an IUD...but which one?

Have you used either of the IUD forms of birth control? Great! Help me out! [more inside]
posted by Eicats on Oct 25, 2010 - 45 answers

SPX CBOE index question

Please help me understand the SPX CBOE option settlement calculation. If the closing price today is 1124.66, and one of the first stocks open lower or higher, how does it influence the settling price? It is based on only the first stock opening, and the other 499 based on the Thursday? Or all of the 500?
posted by bright77blue on Sep 16, 2010 - 8 answers

My poor dog is limping terribly.

Please school me on different options and treatment for my dog's torn CCL. [more inside]
posted by msali on Aug 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

I have been working for a design agency for five years. This was my first job out of college. It's the only job I've ever had. I'm stuck in a rut: should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Getting the necessary rights to turn a movie into a musical?

What's the best way to find out if a pre-existing work has already been optioned for an adaptation to a different medium? Specifically, if a film has been optioned for a musical. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

RSS Feed for commodity data

Is there a commodity futures/options price RSS feed? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Mar 7, 2010 - 2 answers

How can you place a bet that one stock will outperform another?

Is there a term (like straddle, or strangle) where you bet that an underlying stock will outperform another stock? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Feb 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Diaper My Baby!

What diapers to use? Cloth? Partial cloth? Chlorine-free? [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Jan 5, 2010 - 45 answers

How can I tell how much my pre-IPO stock options might be worth?

How can I tell how much my pre-IPO stock options might be worth? [more inside]
posted by cman on Dec 20, 2009 - 15 answers

Best online broker for newbie investor w/ modest funds?

I'm trying to choose an online broker. Fees vs. site functionality and features are my main concern. (1) What is the best online broker for someone who has between 5 to 10K to invest? (2) Is there any advantage to paying higher per-trade or per-contract fees for use of a site that has better features, or can all of the common features be found elsewhere easily? (3) Which discount broker has the best site functionality? [more inside]
posted by mintyfresh on Nov 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I use a retirement fund to buy out startup stock options?

I'm about to leave a startup to go to a different company, and I need some help figuring out how to handle my stock options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 7 answers

How to suggest courses to kids using survey feedback

Is there an online or free software solution for this idea my colleague at school has had? We want to survey kids in our school about their interests and ambitions and use their responses to suggest which courses they should elect for their next year. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Oct 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Does anything else play well with Lotus Domino Server?

Are there any viable alternatives to the Lotus Notes client for Windows XP? It's the work-provided client for email, calendars and schedules, and whatever else it does. Version 8 is crawling, where the previous version (6?) was at least responsive. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Stock

How much of an equity stake in start-up should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Apr 14, 2009 - 14 answers

Do I exercise my options early if I have the choice?

Did you work for a startup and exercise your options early? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me lawyer up...

I need to find a lawyer in the NYC area who deals with confidentiality agreements and stock option contracts, specifically in the software industry. How would I go about finding such a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Death and Taxes

[Tax/Stock Filter:] Employee Stock Purchase Plan advice especially in re: taxation [more inside]
posted by jckll on Dec 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Simple way to make long term bet on oil

Can anyone explain this website which shows the prices of crude oil options? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Nov 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Help! In AT&T telephone Hell

Help, I'm looking for an option to AT&T residential landline service. [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Oct 10, 2008 - 5 answers

Work is hell - square peg, round hole: what are my options?

Work is hell: I love the company and the pay, but hate my job and hate my boss. I'm looking to change careers, but what careers would fit my skill set? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Invenstment - Option Orders

I have traded stock Options for a while but would like to have the following order type: Example - Option Price = 3.90 Put in a order to sell if price goes below 3.50 or sell if price goes above 4.50 I have looked at stop, stop limit, limit, trailing and the works, but is there a technical name for what I want, and do brokers offer it? Thanks! BB
posted by bright77blue on Aug 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Can an email group be a chat group for some, and an announce-only group for others?

Is there a way to make an email list announce-only for some recipients and unmoderated for others? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jun 25, 2008 - 5 answers

career options?

i have an economics/mathematics degree from UT Austin, and for the past 3-4 years I've been teaching math. i dont want to teach anymore so im not sure what all i can do. ive thought about getting a job at a hospital, some accounting job, and financial planning. and im not much of a corporate america person. all ive got goin so far is work through a temp agency. i need some more ideas and so im throwing the idea out to the general forum. please write back with some ideas.
posted by locoindio on Jun 15, 2008 - 5 answers

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