Our latest annual survey of more than 1,000 equity plan participants reveals that fewer US workers with access to company shares are selling their stock to pay for life's essentials such as rent, mortgage or bills than a year ago: 19.43% in 2022 compared with 13.87% in 2023.

The research—which every year asks the participants of our client employee equity plans whether they have sold any of their equity and why—found that 36.96% of all plan participants surveyed had sold at least some of their shares in the past year, a slight increase from 34.76% the year before. The survey also found that just under half (48%) of participants in 2023 feel more engaged with their employer because they hold shares in the company.

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