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NAIFA-NYS Releases First-of-Its-Kind Cyber-Security Tool for Life Agents, Responds to DFS Regulation

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: NAIFA-NYS Legislative Updates, New York Issues, News Alerts|

Albany, New York, January 29, 2018 — The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-NYS (NAIFA-NYS) today announced a first-of-its-kind compliance tool to assist New York life agents to comply with the state’s new cyber-security insurance regulation. The tool is now available through the association’s web site at www.naifanys.org. “The cyber-insurance regulation promulgated by the New [...]

Cuomo Considers Overhauling the New York State Tax Code

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

Governor Cuomo, in response to the federal tax reform's near-elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, is proposing to overhaul the New York State tax code and warns of a potential legal challenge against the federal government.  Details available HERE.

New York Moves to Create Its Own “Best Interest” Standard

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

As the DOL hits "pause" on full implementation of its fiduciary duty rule, New York regulators have proposed a "best interest" standard of their own, one that would apply to all life insurance products and would extend beyond the current suitability requirement.  Details HERE.  

Employees Regret Not Saving More in Early Years

By | December 13th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

A new study by American Century Investments finds that employees significantly regret their decisions not to save more for retirement early in their careers.  It also finds that - although the promise of higher income may seem more appealing - most survey respondents would rather have their employers match their savings contributions.  Eight (8) out of [...]

Annuity Sales Hit 15-Year Low in 3rd Quarter, LIMRA Finds

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

Annuity sales fell below the $50 million mark in the 3rd quarter of 2017 - dropping to a 15-year low - according to a study by the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute.  Initial implementation of the Department of Labor's (DOL) fiduciary duty rule on June 9th was partly to blame, say researchers, particularly regarding IRA contracts for variable [...]

Millennials’ Enthusiasm Paints Rosy Future for Insurance Industry

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

Millennials who work at independent insurance agencies are so enthusiastic about their industry, that the vast majority – 82 percent -- are encouraging their friends and family to also get into the line of work, according to Vertafore’s “Millennials in Insurance” survey.  Read more HERE.

DFS Offers Guidance on Cyber Reg. Compliance

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

In response to frequent interested-party requests for guidance, including from NAIFA-NYS, regarding how to comply with the new cyber-security regulation, the DFS recently released answers to two critical concerns:  (1) whether certain covered entities can file notices of exemption for their employees and captive agents and (2) when covered entities should report cyber attacks.  Read the new DFS guidance [...]

Americans Aren’t Buying Life Insurance, But Why?

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

A recent survey of 1,001 adults finds that 37 percent of them do not have life insurance, and nearly 60 percent of that group thinks the coverage is just too expensive.  Those without life insurance also tend to believe that they're healthy and don't need coverage yet (51 percent).  And millennials?  They overwhelmingly lack life insurance, mostly (71 percent) because [...]

McConnell Says Obamacare “Limited” Reform Must Take Place, if Full Repeal Isn’t Possible

By | July 7th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

Seeming to acknowledge that Senate legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) faces insurmountable odds, Senate President Mitch McConnell pushed during a speech in his home state, Kentucky, for more limited reform.  A more targeted approach, he said, could focus on improving the private health insurance market.  Unlike the pending legislation, which requires [...]

Nevada Sets Its Own Fiduciary Rule for All Financial Planners

By | June 19th, 2017|Categories: News Alerts|

Not satisfied with the federal Dept. of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule, Nevada is imposing - effective July 1, 2017 - its own fiduciary standard on all "financial planners," which under the new law will include broker-dealers and investment advisors.  The law also gives additional rulemaking authority to the Nevada securities administrator, among other provisions.  Details available HERE.