Risk Factors for Credit Unions to Consider When Designing a Split-Dollar Plan

When deciding which executive benefits to provide to your leadership team, your board may have landed on the benefits afforded by choosing a collateral assignment split-dollar plan. This benefit type is a legal agreement between the credit union and executive that incorporates retirement distributions with life insurance coverage. While split-dollar…

How Credit Unions Can Create a Modern Workplace in a Competitive Job Market

Throughout the pandemic, transition to virtual work, and subsequent Great Resignation, employees are reflecting on what’s important to them in the workplace as companies return to the traditional work environment. However, many employers are challenged with a growing number of employees, particularly women, leaving the workforce to pursue more flexible…

How Female Leaders Can Stand Out in the Credit Union Movement

According to data released by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), 51% of credit union CEOs are women. Still, women are less represented in the credit union workplace now than in the 1980s. Jill Nowacki and Judy Tharp join C.U. on the Show to discuss common workplace challenges women face,…

Preliminary Steps for Credit Unions Acquiring Another Financial Institution

In the first part of this interview, Doug and Jeff Cardone discussed the process, requirements, and questions credit unions should address before entering into a merger or acquisition (M&A) transaction. In the second part of the “C.U. on the Show” episode, Doug and Jeff delve into the acquiring or buying…

Why Financial Planning is an Essential Executive Benefit for Credit Union Leaders

Traditional financial planning offers practical tools for rank-and-file employees; however, it simply doesn’t capture the full breadth of complex financial situations and compensation benefits a credit union executive has to manage in the C-suite. For example, beyond a standard 401(k), executives may also have a 457(b), 457(f), or split-dollar plan…

Executive Compensation Factors Credit Unions Should Evaluate Before a Merger or Acquisition

Has your credit union board considered partnering with a stronger credit union to expand your field of membership, improve the quality of your services, or mitigate financial concerns? Perhaps your board members and executives have already begun having informal conversations to see which institutions align best with your membership, employees,…

How Credit Unions Can Partner With Fintech Companies and Stay Competitive

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When we think about what draws members to your credit unions, we generally point out the low rates, accessibility, convenience, and trust as compared to your bank counterparts. However, when we consider that financial technology (fintech) companies such as PayPal and Square are coming onto the scene more rapidly and…

Should Credit Unions Fund Split-Dollar Plans With Whole Life or Index Universal Life Insurance?

At ACT Advisors, the split-dollar plan is one of the most powerful executive compensation tools we encounter when delivering meaningful benefits to executives. The reasons include relatively reliable returns, lower risk, and their non-taxable nature in most cases. Before a credit union offers a split-dollar plan, however, it must evaluate…

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…