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Risks Credit Union Executives and Boards Should Consider With Collateral Assignment Split-Dollar Plans

Many credit union boards propose adding a collateral assignment split-dollar plan (CASD) as a desirable compensation benefit to help retain their top executives. At first glance, a CASD appears to perform similarly to a pension plan. However, this benefit is quite complex, and misunderstanding or making assumptions about a CASD…

Weekly Bottom Line

On October 19, 2021, Posted by , In Weekly Bottom Line, With No Comments

The consumer price index rose 0.4% in September, sending year-on-year inflation to 5.4%. Core prices (excluding food and energy) rose 0.2% on the month and held steady at 4.0% y/y. A 0.4% increase in the heavily-weighted shelter component provided considerable lift to the core measure. Retail sales defied expectations for…

Q3 Earnings Preview: Less Upside

On October 19, 2021, Posted by , In Weekly Market Commentary, With No Comments

We have used most of the superlatives we know to describe corporate America’s stunning performances over the past two earnings seasons. Despite lofty expections, results exceeded estimates by the biggest margins we’ve ever seen (and one of the authors of this report has been doing this for 23 years). We…

How Strategic CEO Succession Planning Can Position Internal Executives for Success

Planning to exit your organization as a credit union CEO ideally occurs years before your anticipated retirement date. Strategic credit union leaders understand the logistical and emotional process ahead of them. As a result, succession planning is an essential component to ensure the credit union’s success in the future, and…

How Credit Union Executives May Optimize Early Retirement Cash Flow to Secure Low-Cost Medical Insurance

Early retirement may be a goal you’ve been working toward your entire career by strategically saving, allocating your risk, and positioning your personal finances.. As a credit union executive, if you choose to retire before age 65, the age at which most people qualify for Medicare, you may also have…

How Credit Unions May Overcome Income Challenges with a Charitable Donation Account

Credit unions across the country are currently facing a common challenge—how to create more yield and income. They traditionally rely on reinvesting money from lending products as one form of income. However, due to the increase in government stimulus payments and record-low loan growth, credit unions have had to find…

How Credit Unions with Highly Compensated Executives Can Avoid the 21% Non-Profit Excise Tax

Do any of your executives currently earn more than $1 million in annual income? Perhaps not. But consider additional benefits and compensation for retirement, such as a 457(f); do any of your executives exceed the $1 million a year mark? These are the questions credit unions have begun to ask…

Why Due Diligence Is Essential to Your Executive Benefits Plan

Credit unions charge board members with making decisions that are best for the membership and retain top management. One of the incentives they use is providing executive benefits and compensation packages that supplement an executive’s salary or bonuses. A common benefit is a split-dollar collateral assignment, a legal agreement between…

Webinar: Don’t Tell Anyone…But You’re Planning Your Exit Strategy

As a CEO or senior executive, exiting your credit union for retirement requires planning years ahead of your last day, mainly because your exit planning is more complicated than the average  credit union employee. For example, you have various savings instruments available to you, each with its own funding frequency,…

How Credit Union Executives Can Optimize an Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

Nearly 80% of credit union 401(k) plan participants have all or some of the retirement savings going into a target-date fund. The concept is certainly attractive, offering an entire portfolio with automated rebalance features for those who are less comfortable with self-managing their investments. But is the target date fund…