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nuclear option

1. The use of nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials choose the nuclear option.
2. In the US Senate, a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, use the nuclear option to approve that nomination.
3. An especially drastic decision or action. Calling the CEO about this issue is definitely the nuclear option—let's see what we can do on our own first.
See also: nuclear, option

keep (one's) options open

To refrain from making a decision or commitment that will limit one's choices in the future. You're awfully young to be getting married. I just think you should keep your options open until you're finished with college. They've offered me a good salary if I stay with the company, but I think I'd like to keep my options open.
See also: keep, open, option

a soft option

A soft option is something that will not take much effort or not be very unpleasant. They do not simply become a nanny because they think it is a soft option, better than commuting to an office each day. We're not giving young offenders a soft option. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval.
See also: option, soft

keep (or leave) your options open

avoid committing yourself.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men Have it your way. We'll go to Princetown. But I'm keeping my options open. If there's any more trouble…we're out, we're home.
See also: keep, open, option

soft option

an easier alternative.
See also: option, soft

the ˌsoft/ˌeasy ˈoption

(often disapproving) an easier way of doing something; an easier course of action because it involves less effort, difficulty, etc: If you want to go for the soft option, you can get the qualification in three years rather than two.He decided to take the easy option and give them what they wanted.
See also: easy, option, soft

keep/leave (all) your ˈoptions open

avoid making a decision now so that you still have a choice in the future: Doing business with him is sometimes quite stressful. He likes to keep all his options open until the very last minute.
See also: keep, leave, open, option

All options stink

and AOS
phr. & comp. abb. All options stink.; There is no good solution. I don’t know what to do. All options stink. Since AOS, I’ll do nothing at all.
See also: all, option, stink
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Corporate board members, including compensation and audit committee members, who themselves could be subject to investigation into backdating, may look to CFOs and senior finance executives to organize internal audits of stock option award policies and review accounting methodology.
422(a)(2) states that the employee must have been an employee beginning on the date that the option was granted and up to three months prior to exercising the option.
To estimate the fair value of employee options, companies must use an option-pricing model such as Black-Scholes-Merton or lattice.
Under FAS 123(R), the fair value of a stock option is based on observable market prices, if they exist.
Don Faurot, then coaching at the Iowa Pre-Flight School in Des Moines, decided to utilize the option as the focal point of his Split-T offense.
Managing risk for opportunity increasingly involves investment timing and options thinking.
Microsoft's recent decision to replace options with restricted stock overturns a host of market myths and paves the way for new thinking about incentives.
In the lingo of the options market, it was "out of the money," or worthless, since investors would not exercise an option to buy shares at $140 when those shares could be acquired for $139.
For an option to qualify as an ISO, the exercise price cannot be less than the fair market value of the stock at the time the option is granted.
31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) today filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create Flexible Exchange Options (FLEX Options) -- an exchange traded alternative for institutional users of the over-the-counter (OTC) options market.
The Tax Court characterized this arrangement as an option to sell a mortgage loan in form; using a formula to compute the loan purchase price did not change this result.
A lattice model assumes the price of stock underlying an option follows a binomial distribution, a type of probability distribution in which the underlying event has only one of two possible outcomes.
CEO pay critics love to attack option mega-grants, frequently defined as an award with a grant value (exercise price times number of shares) of at least 300 percent of the CEO's base salary.
It all must start with the QB making the correct option read on the LOS