An SEC news release said the rule also requires the disclosure of the structure of firms’ incentive-based compensation practices.
According to the news release, the proposed rule stems from Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires the SEC and several other agencies to jointly write rules and guidelines in this regard. The SEC-regulated financial institutions affected by the rulemaking include broker/dealers and investment advisers with $1 billion or more in assets.
The proposed rules would:
- Require reports related to incentive-based compensation to be filed annually with SEC;
- Prohibit incentive-based compensation arrangements that encourage inappropriate risk-taking by providing excessive compensation or that could lead to material 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 job functions give them the ability to expose the firm to a substantial amount of risk; and
- Require firms to develop policies and procedures that ensure and monitor compliance with requirements related to incentive-based compensation.
More information is at http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2011/2011-57.htm .