If you work for a publicly traded company, you might have access to an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). ESPP’s allow you to purchase your company’s stock at a discount. The stock is purchased on a periodic basis, and is funded through payroll deductions. Sounds like a decent way to reinvest in your company, right?
Last month I spent two weeks in Asia for work. I attended some technical meetings with customers in Taiwan for a week, and then I went to Japan to oversee a production trial for one of our new products. By pure coincidence, I was in Japan exactly during sakura (cherry blossom) season, which was pretty