SEC Offers Rule on Incentive-Based Pay

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The SEC on Wednesday proposed a rule that would require some financial institutions to disclose the structure of their incentive-based pay, and prohibit them from basing pay on arrangements that encourage inappropriate risks. The SEC-regulated financial institutions affected by the rule include broker-dealers and investment advisers with $1 billion or more in assets.

     The proposed rule stems from Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires the SEC and other agencies to write such rules and guidelines.
     The rules would require reports on incentive-based compensation to be filed annually with SEC;
     Prohibit incentive-based compensation that encourages inappropriate risk-taking through excessive compensation or that could lead to financial loss to the firm;
     Provide additional requirements for financial institutions with $50 billion or more in assets, including deferral of incentive-based compensation of executive officers and approval of compensation for people whose jobs give them the ability to expose the firm to a substantial amount of risk; and
     Require them to develop policies and procedures that ensure and monitor compliance.
     The SEC announced the rule in a statement on Wednesday. Public comments on it must be received within 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

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