Most material out there on the internet assumes I already know some basics about stock, but I work for a US-company in the UK, while being from another EU-country. Last month I've received this e-mail from my employer:
"You received 50 non-qualified stock options priced at $30.25. The options will vest over a period of four (4) years, with 25% of the options vesting each year beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant."
This is the e-mail I received last month. Today the stock is around $4 higher. What do I need to know? My current assumption is that I will have the rights (when vested) to buy the stock of my employer at any time I want for $30.25 and that the best option is to wait a long time to see what stock price will do in the future.
I feel that the stock of my employee could easily be $20 (down) in 3 years and possibly $40, although I don't see that as very likely. Does that mean having these stock options is worth nothing? I've heard by the way that another company might buy us in the future, what would this mean?