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Mayeux Thanks Lawmakers for CRA Resolution Disapproving of the DOL’s Fiduciary-Only Rule

By NAIFA on 5/15/24 12:07 PM

NAIFA supports the newly introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving the DOL’s final fiduciary-only rule that will negatively impact and impose new costs on middle- and low-income savers, as well as financial services professionals. CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, sent letters personally thanking Representative Rick Allen and Senators Roger Marshall, Joe Manchin, Ted Budd, and Bill Cassidy for introducing the resolution in the House and Senate, respectively. ACLI, NAIFA, Finseca, IRI and NAFA also issued a joint release supporting the CRA review.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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How the DOL Fiduciary-Only Rule Will Impact Financial Professionals and Consumers

By NAIFA on 4/27/24 1:30 PM

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The U.S. Department of Labor‘s final fiduciary-only rule will force the vast majority of financial professionals offering retirement planning services and products into a fee-for-service model, unless Congress or the courts intervene. It will deprive many consumers of the valuable option of working with professionals operating under alternative models, including those with commission-based compensation, that may better meet their needs.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection DOL Fiduciary
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NAIFA Responds to DOL Release of Fast-Tracked Fiduciary-Only Rule

By NAIFA on 4/23/24 1:40 PM

The Department of Labor and the White House have released a final fiduciary-only rule after an astonishingly brief regulatory and review process and in spite of grave concerns expressed by NAIFA, members of Congress, and other stakeholders. Unless Congress or the courts intervene, the rule will force the vast majority of financial professionals offering retirement planning services and products into a fee-for-service model. It will deprive consumers of the valuable option of working with professionals operating under alternative models that may better meet their needs.

Topics: Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release Federal Advocacy DOL
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A Flawed Regulatory Process on DOL Fiduciary-Only Rule Marginalized Public Input

By NAIFA on 4/15/24 3:24 PM

NAIFA continues efforts to discourage the Department of Labor and the administration from moving forward with its flawed fiduciary-only rule. In a letter to DOL Acting Secretary Julie A. Su, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young, and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (ORIA) Administrator Richard Revesz, NAIFA and 10 other groups detailed problems with the rule's regulatory process and asked the administration to "stand up for the integrity of the regulatory process and continue the public input process, rather than finalize the fiduciary rule now."

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL Insurance & Financial Advisor Regulation
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NAIFA Is Making Headlines on Efforts to Oppose the DOL's Misguided Rule

By NAIFA on 4/12/24 4:45 PM

NAIFA is speaking out on behalf of financial professional and, particularly, the consumers who would be harmed by the Department of Labor's latest effort to reduce choices for Americans preparing for retirement. The fiduciary-only proposal, which is largely a rehash of a rule struck down by a federal appeals court in 2018, would radically change the financial services industry and reduce the ability of low- and middle-income retirement savers to access products and services.

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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NAIFA CEO to Administration: Proposed DOL Rule ignores 'real world experience' from 2016's 'risky' Fiduciary Rule

By NAIFA on 4/10/24 9:33 AM

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) current efforts to revive a fiduciary-only regulation for financial professionals is unnecessary and likely to harm low- and middle-income consumers by limiting their access to professional financial services, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, told officials from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“By moving forward with the Proposed Rule, OIRA and DOL are ignoring … the real-world experience that NAIFA members saw first-hand before the 2016 Fiduciary Rule was vacated,” Mayeux said. “If finalized, the Proposed Rule will again force financial professionals to move away from brokerage services into a fee-for-service model that is tailored to higher-income clients. This model simply does not work when a year-round fiduciary duty is imposed.”

Topics: Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Federal Advocacy DOL
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DOL Advances Fiduciary-Only Proposal That Would Limit Access to Financial Services for Lower- and Middle-Income Consumers

By NAIFA on 3/11/24 3:06 PM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to advance its proposed “Retirement Security Rule” for review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislation & Regulations Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release DOL
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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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Vermont Enhances Safeguards for Annuity Consumers

By NAIFA & ACLI on 1/25/24 4:02 PM

American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) President and CEO Susan Neely and NAIFA-Vermont President Tyler Wood issued the following joint statement on the best interest annuity rule adopted recently by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation:

“A new rule adopted by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, led by Commissioner Kevin Gaffney, provides stronger protections to consumers seeking lifetime income through annuities. The rule enhances the standards financial professionals must follow and protects consumers' access to, and information about, annuities, the only financial product in the marketplace that can provide guaranteed income for life. 

Topics: State Advocacy Standard of Care & Consumer Protection Press Release Annuity Best Interest Vermont
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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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