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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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NAIFA-Arkansas Hosts State Lawmakers

By NAIFA on 4/18/24 4:26 PM

The NAIFA-Arkansas Board of Directors hosted a dinner with the state legislature's joint House and Senate Insurance & Commerce Committees. Attendees included highly influential elected officials whose decisions impact financial professionals and consumers throughout the state. At least two of the lawmakers are practicing financial professionals, who naturally understand the issues that go before the committees.

Topics: State Advocacy Arkansas
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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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NAIFA Advocates for Financial Literacy

By NAIFA on 4/5/24 2:53 PM

NAIFA members are often at the forefront of efforts to improve Americans' financial literacy. From educating their clients to volunteering in local schools and their communities to promoting April as National Financial Literacy Month, NAIFA members are giving Americans intelligent insights into money matters. This even extends to their political advocacy.

Topics: State Advocacy Financial Literacy Federal Advocacy
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Is Your Name on the Congressional Conference List?

By NAIFA on 4/5/24 1:30 PM

The 2024 Congressional Conference is coming to Washington, D.C., May 20-21. This is NAIFA's can't-miss signature grassroots event and the most impactful association fly-in in the insurance and financial services industry. See who is attending. If your name is not on the list, register today to have it added. If you know of colleagues who might like to attend, why don't you give them a friendly nudge? The more people we have in Washington advocating for our businesses, clients, and communities the more influential we are.

Topics: Grassroots Congressional Conference
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NAIFA Opposes Short-Sighted Federal Rules on Short-Term Health Insurance

By NAIFA on 3/28/24 5:36 PM

The administration’s final rules on short-term, limited-duration health insurance (STLDI) plans will restrict access to these policies that serve crucial needs of many American consumers. The plans, which have existed since the introduction of HIPAA-based rules nearly two decades ago, are designed to bridge the gap between comprehensive coverage options. They can be a great fit for those looking for individual coverage, waiting for the start of group plan enrollment, having gaps between different employment opportunities, or waiting for their next open enrollment opportunity.

Topics: Health Care Legislation & Regulations Press Release IRS Short-Term Insurance
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Register Today for the NAIFA Congressional Conference - Let’s Amplify Our Voice on Capitol Hill

By NAIFA on 3/22/24 4:52 PM

NAIFA’s Congressional Conference is where you get to advocate for your business, peers, clients, and communities right at the heart of policy-making in Washington, D.C. It’s a direct line to influencing the decisions that affect millions who depend on your guidance. Engaging with Congress members this May isn’t just about representing your own interests; it's about voicing the collective needs of the financial services industry and the families and businesses that rely on you.

Topics: Congressional Conference
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NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux Applauds U.S. House Committee's decision to repeal DOL independent contractor rule

By NAIFA on 3/22/24 6:22 AM

“NAIFA is pleased with the U.S. House panel’s decision to repeal the DOL’s independent contractor rule removing confusion and uncertainty resulting from the final rule and preserves the ability of our members to choose to operate as independent contractors. The majority of NAIFA’s members – insurance producers, broker dealer representatives, and/or independent registered investment advisors – are independent contractors who help generate economic growth and financial security to the local communities they serve across the nation.

Topics: DOL