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North Dakota House Committee Advances NAIFA-Supported Annuity Transactions Bill

By NAIFA on 1/20/21 9:08 AM

This week the North Dakota House Industry, Business and Labor Committee unanimously approved H.B. 1160, a bill that tracks with the “best interest of consumer enhancements” in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation.

Topics: Annuities Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy
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NAIFA Advocacy Helped Shape DOL Rule on Independent Contractors

By Mike Hedge on 1/6/21 1:20 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today a final rule clarifying the standard for employee- versus independent contractor-status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). NAIFA has worked closely with DOL to ensure an equitable rule that considers the needs of the insurance industry. NAIFA submitted comments on DOL’s rulemaking on October 26, 2020.

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Michigan and Arkansas Adopt Best Interest Rule on Annuities

By NAIFA on 1/5/21 10:44 AM

Michigan and Arkansas have become states number four and five to adopt a best interest annuity rule based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC’s) revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy Interstate Advocacy NAIC Model Regulation
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New DOL Rule on Retirement Advice Aligns with the SEC's Reg BI

By NAIFA on 12/15/20 6:24 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized its new prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) for financial professionals who provide retirement plan advice. The PTE requires advisors to work in the best interests of their clients, receive reasonable compensation, and make no “materially misleading statements.” The PTE is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The DOL exemption aligns with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest, and preserves opportunities and choices for workers and retirees seeking high-quality, personalized advice.

“NAIFA thinks the Department of Labor proposal – with the modifications in today’s final rule – will benefit retirement investors by preserving access to a wide variety investment advice professionals, products, and compensation arrangements,” said NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux. “The Department has struck the right balance between crafting a PTE with robust compliance obligations that serve the interests of investors, while avoiding an overly prescriptive approach or penalizing certain market segments or arrangements versus others.”

The DOL under the Obama administration initially issued a rule that would have imposed a restrictive fiduciary duty on financial professionals and hindered access of middle-market investors to retirement services and advice. NAIFA was among the organizations that filed a lawsuit resulting in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacating the rule in 2018.

Topics: Advocacy Retirement Legislative & Regulatory Reg BI
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NAIFA Joins Groups Urging Congress to Reduce Health Care Costs

By NAIFA on 11/23/20 2:12 PM

NAIFA has joined with other groups and employers who sponsor health insurance benefits for tens of millions of Americans to send a letter to congressional leadership urging Congress to enact legislation to reduce health care costs.

Topics: Advocacy Health Care Legislative & Regulatory
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SEC Chair Clayton to Step Down

By NAIFA on 11/17/20 8:45 AM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) would like to thank Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton for his leadership and service. Clayton has announced that he will leave the agency at the end of 2020. As chairman, Clayton has shown a strong willingness to understand and consider the perspectives of financial professionals. He has met with NAIFA leaders and members on issues of importance to advisors and their clients.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Reg BI SEC
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Bipartisan Legislation Would Encourage Retirement Saving and Give Greater Flexibility

By NAIFA on 10/28/20 11:20 AM

NAIFA supports the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) that would help Americans prepare for a secure retirement. Among other provisions, the legislation would create new financial incentives for small employers to offer retirement plans, give people over the age of 60 greater flexibility when contributing to retirement plans, and raise the required minimum distribution age to 75.

Topics: Advocacy Retirement Planning Retirement Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Submits Comments on DOL’s Proposed Independent Contractor Rule

By NAIFA on 10/27/20 4:34 PM

On October 26, NAIFA filed comments on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed interpretation dictating which workers can qualify for independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). NAIFA supports DOL’s efforts to formalize existing interpretations, provide greater certainty for the regulated community, and promote opportunities for creating innovative work arrangements.

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Industry Groups Testify at Hearing on DOL Proposal

By NAIFA on 9/3/20 6:11 PM

Bradford Campbell, a partner with the law firm Faegre, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, testified today on behalf of NAIFA and several other industry organizations at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Hearing on the Proposed Class Exemption Regulation “Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees.”

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory Standard of Care
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New Maryland Commissioner Looks to Work  with Industry on Annuity Suitability Revisions

By NAIFA on 8/26/20 3:37 PM

Maryland’s new Insurance Commissioner, Kathleen Birrane, had an opportunity to introduce herself to the state’s insurance agents and financial advisers on August 25 during a townhall webinar with NAIFA-MD, the Maryland Association of Health Underwriters and Maryland Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory State Advocacy

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