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NAIFA Weighs in on NAIC “Enhanced Suitability” Draft Regulation

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: News Alerts|

In a February 15 comment letter to state insurance regulators at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), NAIFA joined with the AALU, the Financial Services Institute (FSI), and other groups to endorse a "best interest" standard of care.  The letter responded to a draft NAIC "enhanced suitability" model regulation--which has been in the works at [...]

Governor Nominates New DFS Superintendent

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: NAIFA-NYS Legislative Updates, New York Issues, News Alerts|

Governor Andrew Cuomo officially announced on January 4 his nomination of Linda Lacewell, his Chief of Staff, to replace outgoing Dept. of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Maria T. Vullo, who is slated to leave DFS by the end of January.  Ms. Lacewell was an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn before joining the NYS Attorney General's office [...]

DFS Supt. Vullo Announces Her Departure

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: NAIFA-NYS Legislative Updates, New York Issues, News Alerts|

Superintendent Maria T. Vullo has announced that she will leave the Department of Financial Services (DFS), effective February 1, 2019, after nearly three years heading the agency.  Under her leadership, the DFS has promulgated controversial cyber-security and "best interest" suitability regulations, among other initiatives.  Superintendent Vullo's statement is available HERE.

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for 3rd Consecutive Year

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: News Alerts|

In 2017, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the average American could expect to live 78.6 years.  That's a shorter life expectancy than in 2016 and even shorter than in 2015 and is attributable to a rise in suicides and drug overdose deaths, in numbers that offset [...]

NAIC “Enhanced” Annuity Suitability Draft Has Its Critics

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: News Alerts|

An NAIC working group has developed a draft regulation imposing tougher annuity suitability standards, but the proposal doesn't go nearly far enough for some interested parties, including a consumer representative who often weighs in critically on regulator efforts.  The NAIC likely will not adopt the tougher regulation, however, until the SEC finalizes its "best interest" rule.  [...]

NAIC Annuity Suitability Group is “Deeply Split” over In-Force Policy Issue

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: News Alerts|

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group--which is plodding its way through creation of an enhanced suitability regulation for annuities--is divided on whether to apply the tougher standards to in-force transactions.  At a recent Working Group meeting in Chicago, New York led the effort to apply enhanced suitability to in-force policies (just [...]

NAIC Moves Forward with New Approach to Annuity “Suitability”

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: News Alerts|

State regulators on the NAIC Annuity Suitability Working Group--which is charged with revamping the NAIC's model annuity suitability regulation in light of growing interest in "best interest" standards--will meet in Chicago on October 22-23.  The purpose is to resolve dozens of proposed amendments to the model, so that the full NAIC Life Insurance and Annuities (A) [...]

The DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule Is Dead

By | June 21st, 2018|Categories: News Alerts|

On June 21, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate that made effective the Court's March 15 decision vacating - in full - the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary duty rule.  The mandate also required the DOL to reimburse plaintiffs for their legal costs to appeal. The Court was expected to hand down its [...]

Life Agents to DFS: Suspend Reg 187 Effort So All Parties Can Discuss Issues, Ideas

By | June 19th, 2018|Categories: New York Issues, News Alerts|

Life Agents to Regulators: Slow Down So We Have a Chance to Chat - NAIFA-NYS Advocating DFS to Suspend Reg 187 Effort Until All Interested Parties Can Roundtable Issues and Ideas   Albany, New York, June 19, 2018 — ‎The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-New York State on Friday announced that it has requested [...]

NYS Legislature Passes Our CE Credit Bill – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk

By | June 12th, 2018|Categories: NAIFA-NYS Legislative Updates, New York Issues, News Alerts|

In the morning hours of June 12th, the NYS Assembly unanimously - in a vote of 120 to 0 - gave final passage to the NAIFA-NYS bill that requires the Superintendent of Financial Services to grant six (6) continuing education credits to active members of a statewide professional insurance producer association - including NAIFA-NYS. Huge thanks to [...]