|Some NASDAQ Millionaires Are Now Half-Millionaires|
|Topic||Supply and Demand
|Key Words||Stock market, technology companies, investors, wealth, mortgage payments, labor market, stock options, price, profit, companies, competitiveness, market, recruits|
April has seen the stock markets tumble, particularly the NASDAQ, which includes a lot of technology companies. As a result, investors have seen their paper wealth diminish rapidly.
The result is that people are delaying buying homes, or are nervous about being able to meet their mortgage payments on their newly-purchased expensive homes. In the labor market, workers are contemplating quitting Internet companies because the promise of stock options (where workers buy stock at a fixed price in the future, and sell it at reigning prices to make a profit) is less attractive. Also, investors are likely to put less money into dot.com companies.
Consequently, companies are urging workers to focus on the underlying competitiveness of their firms and the long-term prospects for the companies, not on the short-run gyrations of the market. Some companies are also making recruits sign agreements limiting their ability to leave and work for a competitor, and only giving stock options that do not vest for a long time.
(Updated May 1, 2000)
|Source||Stephanie Armour, "Wealth slip slidin' away," USA Today, April 6, 2000.|
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