Diversifying a Concentrated Portfolio1

After 40 years as chief counsel, it was time for John to enjoy retirement with his family.

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After a distinguished 40-year career, it was time for John to leave his position as chief counsel for a major manufacturing company and enjoy retirement with his family.

Like many senior executives, John's portfolio contained a concentrated stock position. He wanted to restructure his portfolio to achieve greater diversification and develop an estate plan to help ensure that his children and grandchildren are provided for in the future. Fifth Third Private Bank worked with him to diversify his low-basis stock taking into account his tax exposure. Together they also created an estate plan, which will provide for his wife in her lifetime, while protecting his legacy for future generations.


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If you are a senior executive, you may receive a large part of your compensation as stock options. As a result, your investment portfolio may be highly concentrated in a specific holding and within a particular industry. You may benefit from stock option strategies designed to help you diversify and protect your portfolio.

We can discuss stock option and equity strategies to help you make the most of your options.

An equity compensation plan can be an intelligent approach for building wealth.

The key is to understand and handle it correctly. No matter how well you understand stock options, we can help you take into account your tax exposure, gain certainty in your particular plan, and make strategic decisions to diversify your holdings*. Our professionals will keep in mind your threshold for risk and your future goals as we help you determine ways to maximize your options.


  1. The circumstances surrounding this case study are representative of actual clients of Fifth Third Bank Investment Advisors. To ensure the privacy of our clients, the names and some of the facts have been changed. Recommendations and their results may vary with each client based on their current financial picture and goals. There are no guarantees that any strategy described will perform as expected. Investment results cannot be predicted or forecasted and will vary depending on market conditions.

The information contained herein is for information purposes only, is not designed to address your financial situation or particular needs and does not constitute the rendering of tax or legal advice. You should consult with your tax advisor or attorney for advice pertinent to your personal situation.

*Asset Allocation, Alternative Investment and Hedging/Diversification strategies are intended to mitigate the overall risk within your portfolio. Some strategies may be subject to a higher degree of market risk than others. An investor should understand the costs, cash flows and risks inherent in a strategy prior to making any investment decision. There are no guarantees that any strategy presented will perform as intended.

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