Try changing the numbers to understand your ESPP Returns.
Let's assume your discount rate is and that your tax bracket is .
The lowest price of the stock at an offer or purchase date during your look-back window is $ and the price at the purchase date was $.
And lastly, let's assume the amount you want to invest in the ESPP is $.
Adam Says: The yearly return on your investment in this scenario is , which is quite a bit higher than 7% - the baseline for investing.
Adam Says: Your investment returns of are in line with investing them in the stock market. You may consider investing in your ESPP to diversify your portfolio if you believe your ESPP is more likely to perform than the stock market.
Adam Says: Your ESPP is set to return per year, which is significantly less than the average market return of 7%. Historically speaking, you'd be better off investing in the stock market.