Unite your equity compensation plan with your retirement plan at Vanguard

February 19, 2020

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Vanguard recordkeeping clients can offer their employees a seamless, world-class benefits experience that integrates their retirement plan and equity compensation plan. Our partnership with equity compensation services provider EQ can support multiple equity compensation arrangements—stock purchase plans, stock options, restricted/performance awards, and more—bringing the expertise of an innovative, global service provider to retirement plan participants.

Powerful benefits for plan sponsors and participants

At Vanguard we advocate for the long-term success of our investors as if it were our own. This new service is designed to help plan participants manage multiple benefits in one place and offer a superior client experience.

Plan sponsor benefits

  • Integrated administration of your retirement plan and equity compensation plan
  • Detailed reporting and data visualization
  • Real-time business intelligence, including interactive dashboards
  • Continuous systems enhancement and investment

Employee benefits

  • Access to stock plan balance through vanguard.com
  • Single sign-on access to EQ's platform for transactions
  • Support for multiple languages and currencies
  • Integration with Vanguard's advice and guidance services

Because EQ is not a captive broker, employees will have the freedom to move their shares to any brokerage they choose. So transferring shares or money is frictionless and simple.

Why EQ?

Vanguard has a history of partnering with best-in-class service providers to uphold our long-term commitment to our recordkeeping clients. When it comes to equity compensation services, that means partnering with EQ.

EQ brings over 90 years of experience in stock transfer services¹. They share with Vanguard an unwavering focus on their clients' needs, a focus reflected in their average client tenure of over 20 years globally¹. The firm has earned an overall satisfaction score of 95% among U.S. clients and has been a top-rated transfer agent for 16 of the last 19 years².

Equity compensation plans are a core business focus for EQ and possess unparalleled expertise in the field. Their technology platform is second to none and was built global from the ground up. By taking a client-first approach, they work to eliminate the complexities of global equity plans, streamline daily transactions, and deliver real-time insights to drive strategic decision-making by plan sponsors.

Championing outcomes

We continue to invest in our full-service recordkeeping capabilities to uphold our commitment to our clients and deliver the outcomes they expect and deserve. This equity compensation services partnership joins other recent steps forward such as the launches of our cutting-edge advice platform and integrated health savings account offer.

By partnering with a world-class provider like EQ, we can meet client needs, propel innovation, and expedite enhancements. Whether we're building a new proprietary capability or finding the right partner, our objective is the same: Make it simpler and more efficient for retirement plan participants and sponsors to achieve their goals.

¹ Source: EQ, as of February 11, 2020
² Source: Group 5 Benchmark Survey, Transfer Agent Industry, as of December 31, 2019

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