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Reasons Abound for the DOL to Withdraw Its Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/26/24 1:26 PM

When it comes to preparing for retirement, having choices matters. Congress, in recent years, has passed landmark legislation encouraging Americans to invest in their futures and save for retirement while giving them greater flexibility and more planning options. Now more than ever Americans need retirement planning assistance.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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New Study Agrees With NAIFA Survey Showing DOL Proposal Would Increase Costs

By NAIFA on 1/23/24 11:50 AM

NAIFA members in a recent survey overwhelmingly said that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary-only proposal for retirement planning services would increase the costs of serving clients. That sentiment is borne out on a macro level by a new Financial Services Institute study conducted by Oxford Economics, which found that the rule would cost financial services firms $2.7 billion in the first year with continuing annual costs of $2.5 billion. These figures are more than six times the upfront costs and nearly 11 times the ongoing costs estimated by the DOL.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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NAIFA Thanks Lawmakers Asking DOL to Withdraw Its Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/10/24 4:38 PM

NAIFA appreciates the work of a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers who oppose the Department of Labor’s proposed “Retirement Security” rule that would require a fiduciary-only model for financial services.

Representatives French Hill (R-AR) and David Scott (D-GA) and forty-eight of their colleagues in the House signed a letter to acting DOL Secretary Julie Su and Assistant Secretary Lisa Gomez asking the Department to withdraw its proposal.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection DOL
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NAIFA's CEO Kevin Mayeux Responds to DOL's Final Independent Contractor Rule

By NAIFA on 1/9/24 4:49 PM

ARLINGTON, VA -- The U.S. Department of Labor released its final independent contractor rule today, aimed at defining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule could threaten the classification of many financial advisors from coast to coast and cause a reduction in the number of advisors serving American consumers.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Press Release DOL
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NAIFA Comments Point to Flaws in the DOL’s Fiduciary-Only Proposal

By NAIFA on 1/2/24 1:31 PM

NAIFA members are committed to working in the best interests of the consumers they serve. They follow a Code of Ethics requiring them to put clients’ interests first. Yet, the Department of Labor’s rehashed fiduciary-only proposal is decidedly not in the best interests of the American public who benefit from the ability to choose how and from whom they receive financial guidance.

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection DOL Regulation Best Interest
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NAIFA Survey Shows the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal Will Increase Costs and Reduce Access to Retirement Planning Services

By NAIFA on 12/19/23 1:55 PM

NAIFA conducted a survey of more than 1,000 members between November 27 and December 1, 2023, to gauge the potential effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed “Retirement Security Rule: Definition of an Investment Advice Fiduciary” on the consumers who rely on financial professionals for retirement products, services, and advice.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release DOL
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NAIFA President and His Client Offer the DOL a Unique Perspective

By NAIFA on 12/12/23 12:04 PM

The Department of Labor thinks it knows what's best for Americans preparing for retirement. NAIFA President Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, and his long-time client Chuck Ross think the DOL is wrong and bring their real-life experience to the argument.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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NAIFA Asks, Members of Congress Act

By NAIFA on 12/8/23 2:28 PM

Just two days after NAIFA members were on the Hill, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Roger Williams (R-TX), Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO), and Rep. Aaron Bean (R-FL) wrote to Department of Labor Acting Secretary Julie SU inquiring about the impact of the DOL proposal on small businesses. 

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Grassroots DOL Regulation Best Interest
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NAIFA Opposes NASAA Proposal That Would Conflict With Reg BI

By NAIFA on 12/7/23 10:49 AM

Proposed changes to the North American Securities Administrators Association's (NASAA's) Model Rule on Dishonest and Unethical Business Practices of Broker-Dealers and Agents would conflict with existing, effective consumer-protection regulations and cause unintended harm to investors. NAIFA urges NASAA to reconsider the proposed revisions. 

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Interstate Advocacy DOL NAIC NCOIL NASAA
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NAIFA Members Advocate for Access to Financial Service Professionals

By NAIFA on 12/5/23 3:53 PM

More than 250 NAIFA members took to Capitol Hill today to meet with over 200 Congressional offices to advance the need to protect the worker classification of financial service professionals as independent contractors and to provide consumers a variety of choices in financial service professionals. The Day on the Hill was coupled with NAIFA’s National Leadership Conference which serves to train the leaders of state and local chapters in grassroots advocacy.

Topics: Federal Advocacy Grassroots DOL

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