Navigating the Proper Course on Pay

Reports about new regulations on compensation practices at U.S. financial institutions emerged today in the Wall Street Journal.  Evidently, the Federal Reserve is working on new rules designed to reduce excessive risk taking such as incentives for mortgage loan production that fueled the current economic crisis.  Here is what was reported.

Among ideas being discussed are Fed rules that would curb banks’ ability to pay employees in a way that would threaten the “safety and soundness” of the bank — such as paying loan officers for the volume of business they do, not the quality. The administration is also discussing issuing “best practices” to guide firms in structuring pay.

Government officials said their effort, which is just beginning, isn’t aimed at setting pay or establishing detailed rules. “This is not going to be about capping compensation or micro-management,” said an administration official. “It will be about understanding what is the best way to align compensation with sound risk management and long-term value creation.”

Solid corporate governance practices and effective risk management programs should be enough to limit excessive risk taking through well designed compensation plans.  However, it seems the U.S. Government is not convinced that companies will navigate the proper course.

 

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