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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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Backdating of options occurs when a date earlier than the formal grant date is selected as the grant date for purposes of setting the exercise price of options.
Stock options are a popular method of motivating and retaining employees.
To estimate the fair value of employee options, companies must use an option-pricing model such as Black-Scholes-Merton or lattice.
That is, compensation cost arising from the issuance of stock options may be expensed or capitalized in the same way as cash compensation.
An options mindset is critical to successful management in changing times.
With their higher hurdle, leveraged options are worth perhaps only half as much as standard options, particularly if their term is limited to five years.
He must be approximately four years deep and four yards outside of the QB while the option read is being identified.
May" was the expiration date; options expire on the third Friday of the indicated month so this option would expire on May 21.
Incentive stock options must be granted pursuant to a plan approved by the shareholders of the corporation granting the options within 12 months before or after the date on which the plan is adopted.
Initially, FLEX Options will be available on the S&P 100 and S&P 500 stock indexes.
The Option Center provides the perfect mix of options investing education and screens that might provide some good potential investing ideas," said Ratzky.
Because the arrangement was an option in form and substance, Freddie Mac had properly deferred including the commitment fees in gross income until the date the options were exercised or lapsed; see Old Harbor Native Corp.
Because the lattice model makes it easy to vary assumptions and inputs over time, entities that grant a great many stock options to their employees will prefer its flexibility to the relatively rigid restrictions of the Black-Scholes-Merton model, which is more suitable for companies whose employee compensation includes few stock options.
2002-22 and Notice 2002-3 1 apply to some deferred compensation arrangements as well, this discussion will be limited to their application to stock options.