Indexed Stock Option

Indexed Stock Option

A stock option that may only be exercised if the company outperforms some stated index such as the S&P 500. This provides extra incentive for the employee (who is usually a senior executive) to see to it that the company performs well. Indexed stock options are favored by some ethical investment groups, as well as by some unions, because they reward performance for the company's work rather than the executive's ability to detect an advantageous moment in the market.
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Indexed stock option grants reward executives for outperforming a benchmark, such as the market as a whole or competitors in the same industry.