Bank chief executives and chief financial officers who still think of employee benefit programs as strictly a human resources issue are ignoring what can be an opportunity to use an otherwise unavailable tax-preferred financing strategy.

Employee benefit funding has been under scrutiny of late as a result of the implementation of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Statement 106, and the health care and welfare reform proposals that have come out of Washington - both of which add significantly to corporate expense and threaten the bottom line.

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