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Author: Kevin Novak

A company’s success often relies on its key employees. If one of them should abruptly pass away, the company’s future could be in jeopardy. Smaller businesses are particularly vulnerable, as they often depend on a few key people whose knowledge and skills are essential to the company’s operation. According to a survey of small businesses by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 71% of firms said they were very dependent on one or two key people for their success. However, only 22% of respondents had key person insurance.¹

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Running a successful financial institution in today’s market can be a challenge. Increased regulations, heightened competition and a fluctuating economy make it a tough and complicated job. However, many financial institutions have discovered that using bank-owned life insurance (BOLI) can help make that job a bit easier. BOLI can be used for various business purposes, including to cover the costs of employee benefits and to recover losses associated with the death of a key executive. Under this arrangement, the bank purchases life insurance on a select group of key employees, with the bank named beneficiary on the policies. Originally, BOLI was often combined with a new benefit plan for senior bank executives, but more recently, banks are utilizing BOLI to offset the rising cost of existing employee benefit expenses. So how can banks use BOLI to strengthen their overall business plan? You’re about to find out.

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