How to Choose the Select Group for a Top-Hat Plan

In today’s market there is a much stronger focus to recruit, retain and reward your key executives.  It is important to ensure your executive’s goals are in line with the company’s goals and that both the executive and company see a future in one another.  Many companies are implementing Top-Hat plans, which are nonqualified deferred… Read more »

Video: Compensation Planning in Today’s Talent Market

How do banks attract young employees and retain key executives? David Fritz Jr. and Patrick Marget of Executive Benefits Network explain that bank compensation plans should appeal to multiple generations and outline how Bank-Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) can offset compensation costs. Challenges in Attracting & Retaining Employees Focusing on Long-Term Incentives BOLI’s Role in Compensation… Read more »

Using Life Insurance to Supplement Retirement Income

Reasons for Life Insurance When it comes to putting aside funds for a Business Owner’s retirement, the options beyond qualified plans are limited.  Owners of pass through entities are taxed on the profits of their business regardless of what they do with the Company’s money.  To build a source of retirement income that grows tax-deferred and could… Read more »

Top 2017 Compensation Questions To Ask

It’s no secret that the new administration has very different governance practices and priorities.  Congress and CEO Pay Ratio regulations are being examined and the SEC has opened the topics for discussion.  Change is here and boards will likely encounter unforeseen challenges during the transition.  This begs the question: How can boards prepare their organization… Read more »

Tax Reform Faces an Uphill Challenge

Many Americans are eager to enjoy the across the board tax rate cuts that President Trump promised so frequently during the election. There are numerous Republican law makers that have said their top priority is a large tax cut. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady, have prepared a detailed… Read more »

Updated Accounting Standards Released for BOLI and COLI

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) recently released an update that clarified guidance for owners of Corporate Owned Life Insurance (“COLI”) and Bank Owned Life Insurance (“BOLI”) regarding how to record cash proceeds from such policies. In Accounting Standards Update 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments,… Read more »

WEBINAR: Worried about losing future leaders? (9.28.16)

Missed our Webinar ? Have no fear, you can watch it now!   TOPIC: Worried about losing your future leaders? Traditional deferred compensation plans do not always work for your younger rising stars. It’s no secret that today’s rising talent prefer more immediate cash reward than additional retirement benefits. What else can you do other than… Read more »

Multiple Uses of Deferred Compensation Plans

With the improving economy, key employees that had been limited in other employment opportunities and resistant to look for new jobs are now willing to explore possible employment changes. Employers need well designed incentives to recruit and retain key employees.   Key executive deferred compensation programs are popular vehicles to motivate, incent, and retain key… Read more »

Dodd-Frank Act & Executive Compensation

The Dodd-Frank Act directly impacts compensation provisions of the law and has adopted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules.  Shareholder votes on executive compensation (Section 951) and independence of compensation committees (Section 952) have been affected. There’s been consistent movement in finalizing this Act; however, some of the rules are still in the process of… Read more »