How Your Employee Stock Option Account Works

Accounts to Meet Your Needs

Your employer has selected Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC to service your employee stock option plan. As part of the services provided, Fidelity has established an account to manage your stock plan activity. To view your stock plan information, log into, then select Portfolio under the Accounts & Trade tab. Here you can view the stock options granted to you by your employer, create a hypothetical model of what would happen if you exercised an option, and select an option to exercise.

Accessing Information About Your Unexercised Stock Options

Use Fidelity’s Stock Option summary screens and tools to access grant data, model your stock options, and select an option to exercise online. Stock option grant data is accessible by viewing your estimated unexercised stock option balance in the Accounts & Trade tab > Portfolio view. From here you can access a wide variety of detailed information regarding your stock options. This service allows you to easily identify which options have vested, and when you are ready, you can initiate your exercise right on line. There is also a Grant Calculator provided for you so you can estimate your proceeds and potential tax implications before exercising.

Your Stock Option Plan

Once you've decided to exercise your options, the exercise transaction will occur in your Stock Option Plan. Upon settlement, all cash and stock proceeds will be deposited into your Fidelity Account as illustrated below. You can log in to view these accounts through the Accounts & Trade tab > Portfolio. Or, you can call a representative at 800-544-9354 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Eastern time with questions about your account.

You should also note that the balance in your stock option plan will have decreased in the amount of your exercised options

Your Fidelity Account

When you exercise options, all cash and stock proceeds will be deposited into your Fidelity Account.

Think of your Fidelity Account as an all in one brokerage account offering cash management services, planning and guidance tools, online trading, and a wide range of investments like stock, bonds and mutual funds. Use your Fidelity Account as a gateway to investment products and services that can help meet your needs. Learn more.

Online Planning and Research tools

Fidelity offers online planning tools you can use to help you make decisions about reinvesting the cash proceeds from a stock option exercise or any other source.

In the Research tab you’ll find over a dozen tools to help you research investments.