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Well-Hidden Perk Adds Up To Big Money for Executives

Deferred-Compensation Plans Give Tax Benefits, But Are Poorly Disclosed and Add to Liability
Original publication date: 
Friday, October 11, 2002 (All day)

Last year, John R. Stafford, chairman of pharmaceutical giant Wyeth, earned $1.8 million in salary. He also was awarded a $1.97 million bonus, restricted stock valued at $724,283 and 630,000 stock options.

That much shareholders can learn from glancing at the company's proxy.

Large Banks Quietly Pile Up 'Janitors' Insurance Policies

Original publication date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2002 (All day)

Some of America's biggest banks -- including Bank of America Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Bank One Corp. -- hold billions of dollars in so-called janitors insurance on their present and former employees. But investors may have a hard time finding much information in their Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Case Shows How 'Janitors Insurance' Works to Boost Employers' Earnings

Original publication date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2002 (All day)

How valuable is the business of managing what is known as "janitors insurance"?

One clue comes from a St. Louis court case, in which a financial-consulting firm won a $118 million jury verdict against Hartford Life Insurance Co., arguing that the insurance giant stole its method of administering these kinds of policies to smooth earnings.

'Janitors Insurance' Issue Leaves Workers in the Dark on Coverage

Original publication date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2002 (All day)

Scott Mayo, 41 years old, is alive and well. But extremely unhappy with his former employer, CM Holdings Inc., which took out a life-insurance policy on him. When he dies, the company, for which he worked as a store manager in San Antonio until early 1990, hopes to receive $336,814.

Tax Benefits of Life Insurance Help to Boost the Bottom Line

Original publication date: 
Monday, December 30, 2002 (All day)

Corporate owners get a variety of tax and accounting benefits from life insurance on employees.

How Life Insurance Morphed Into a Corporate Finance Tool

Original publication date: 
Monday, December 30, 2002 (All day)

Worker Dies, Firm Profits – Why?

Companies Profit on Workers' Deaths Through 'Dead Peasants' Insurance
Original publication date: 
Friday, April 19, 2002 (All day)
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