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Managing Stock Option Fragility
National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER]Link to more items from this source
July 15, 2002

Working paper available for downloading from SSRN.com for $5. Excerpt: We build a detailed data set on executives' portfolios of stock and options and find that executive options are frequently underwater, even when average stock returns have been high.... We find that, in contrast to the incentives provided by stock, the incentives provided by options are quite sensitive to stock price changes, especially on the downside.

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