With South Carolina joining the party, nearly half of all states have now adopted enhanced consumer protections applying to the sale of annuities, as developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Supporters of the NAIC annuity transaction suitability model say a fiduciary-only approach to annuity purchase advice would limit consumer choice—a claim its opponents dispute.
A new survey shows experience clearly counts when it comes to how comfortable advisers are selling annuity products in an evolving regulatory and economic landscape.
Earlier this month, Alabama became the 13th state to adopt enhanced consumer protections for purchasers of annuities, based on a framework put forward by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Though significant in its own right, the appellate ruling could potentially be stayed if (and when) it is appealed to the New York Court of Appeals, which is the state’s highest court.
The states’ embrace of the NAIC annuity transaction suitability framework comes as experts are raising broader questions about the durability of the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest, on which the insurance standards are partly based.
Among the more telling chapters in Gensler’s biography is his work helping to draft the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as a senior adviser to former U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes in the wake of the Enron scandal.
The sense of déjà vu associated with the filing of a finalized fiduciary rule by the Department of Labor is palpable, but one ERISA expert says this version could actually stick—for good—despite the pending change in administration.
Jay Clayton’s stint at the helm of the Securities and Exchange Commission included oversight of the Regulation Best Interest finalization and implementation process, among other important projects.
The state’s Insurance Department Rule 82, which may soon be updated to match a suitability framework recently adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, seeks to address conflicts of interest among annuity providers and their proxies.
If the fiduciary rule saga has made one thing clear, it is that creating consensus about conflict of interest regulations is hard work. Even supporters of the new Department of Labor proposal say there is room for improvement.
Multiple national-level conflict of interest rules are now aligned that will require financial professionals to act in the best interest of consumers.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners sees its new conflict of interest regulations as working in harmony with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest.
Notably, the proposed revisions to the Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation would provide a safe harbor for firms and producers that comply with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is seeking to update its rules and restrictions on the sales of annuities so they better harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest.
The standard-setting and regulatory support organization governed by the chief insurance regulators of all 50 states set today as a deadline for industry comments on the latest draft of a model best-interest suitability standard applying to annuity sales.