NAIFA-Maryland, NAIFA-Greater Washington Score a Victory on Agent Commissions

September 18, 2017

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Maryland’s largest health insurer, has reversed a decision to eliminate agent commissions on individual health insurance policies for 2018, thanks largely to advocacy by NAIFA-Maryland and NAIFA-Greater Washington, D.C.   Many large health insurers have significantly reduced or even eliminated agent commissions on new sales of individual market health insurance policies in recent years. NAIFA believes these decisions are short-sighted and ignore the cri...

NAIFA Issues Statement on Senate Finance Committee Tax Hearing

September 15, 2017

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux issued this statement following the Sept. 14 Senate Finance Committee hearing on tax reform:   “As Congress and the Trump administration begin policy discussions on tax reform, it is crucial that they bear in mind the important role the tax code plays in encouraging Americans to take responsibility for their own financial futures and prepare for retirement. NAIFA is encouraged that three of the four witnesses at yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing raised ...

U.S. Chamber Event Explores Fiduciary Impacts

September 14, 2017

NAIFA member Joe Cope, CFP, founder and CEO of Cope Connelly in Bethesda, Md., was part of an expert panel at last week’s “ Fiduciary Duty: Assessing the Real World Impact ” event put on by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As a participant in the “Advisor Perspectives” session of the meeting, Cope explained how the Department of Labor fiduciary rule is impacting clients and their relationships with advisors. "The DOL rule does impact my conversations with small clients and the decision of wh...

NAIFA Cancels 2017 P+P Conference

September 5, 2017

Dear NAIFA Members: Due to the state of emergency declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for the entire state of Florida and the projected path and timing of the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, the NAIFA Executive Committee has made an unprecedented decision to cancel the 2017 Performance + Purpose Conference in Orlando, scheduled Sept. 8-10. The safety of our members, families and guests is of paramount concern. The Annual Business Meeting will be rescheduled at a future date; information will...

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NAIFA Submits Comments to SEC on Advisor Standards of Conduct

August 31, 2017

NAIFA has responded to a request by the Securities and Exchange Commission for information on standards of conduct for investment advisors and broker-dealers by submitting a detailed comment letter .   In the letter, NAIFA encouraged the SEC to take the lead in developing and implementing “reasonable, effective, and harmonized standards and compliance requirements” for advisors and for other agencies, such as the Department of Labor, to work with the SEC.   NAIFA recommends that the ...