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Split-Dollar Versus 457(f) Plans and What Credit Unions Should Evaluate

When building an executive benefits package that seeks to recruit and retain top talent, the question arises: with multiple options, which benefits should we include? Popular choices that uniquely benefit credit unions are the collateral assignment split-dollar (CASD) and 457(f) plans. Both are retention tools that provide retirement benefits to…

Can—and Should—Your Credit Union Serve Cannabis-Related Businesses?

With the legalization of medical and adult-use, i.e., recreational marijuana spreading across the country, you may be considering how your credit union can begin providing services to cannabis-related businesses. Perhaps you don’t know where to start or if you even should. With more research demonstrating the positive benefits of medical…

When to Take Strategic Risk in Your Credit Union—Your ACTion Point

As a credit union executive, should you consider your personal financial success before the direction of your credit union? Yes and no. The reality of your position challenges you to lead your organization boldly into new initiatives, technology, and markets; however, every major decision you make comes with risk. Whether…

How Credit Union CEOs Can Identify the Opportune Time to Make Bold Leadership Moves that Balance Personal Financial Risk

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ACT Advisors today published a white paper for credit union CEOs analyzing how ambitious organizational decisions can potentially affect a CEO’s future employment—and personal finances—and how to strategically balance that risk with long-term simulation planning and executive benefits. Asheville, NC – ACT Advisors, a firm specializing in comprehensive financial planning…

How Credit Union CEOs Can Make Bold Moves and Balance Personal Risk—At the Same Time

When is the appropriate time to undertake your boldest or most innovative projects? As a credit union CEO, you’ve likely considered how the risk of significant organizational changes may affect your future employment, and ultimately, long-term finances. These risks may arise from financial strain on your credit union or political…

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…

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…