First Phase of DOL Fiduciary Rule to Go Into Effect Tonight

June 9, 2017

The initial implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule goes into effect at 11:59 PM tonight. After that time, any recommendations made to clients regarding rolling over or investing funds from a 401(k), pension plan, IRA, or similar account will be subject to fiduciary obligations and must comply with the rule’s “impartial conduct standards.”   When Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said he would not delay the initial implementation of the rule beyond today, NAIFA developed...

NAIFA's Carsrud Lends Expertise on DOL Fiduciary Rule to InsuranceNewsNet Webinar

June 6, 2017

NAIFA Director of Government Relations Judi Carsrud provided expert analysis in the InsuranceNewsNet webcast, “DOL: The Eve of Disruption.”  She, along with Joshua J. Waldbeser, associate with the law firm Drinker Biddle, spoke about the ways that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule will impact advisors and their clients when it becomes applicable this Friday, June 9.   Carsrud and Waldbeser answer such questions as: What happens Friday? What does being a fiduciary mean...

Mayeux: NAIFA's Day on the Hill "Even More Critical"

May 24, 2017

The mission of insurance and financial advisors meeting with members of Congress today on the second day of NAIFA’s Congressional Conference “is even more critical,” according to NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux . His assessment came in the wake of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the department will not further delay implementation of its fiduciary rule.   “While we are disappointed, NAIFA will continue to work with the DOL as it reviews and revises the rule and with the ad...

ACLI's Kempthorne Praises and Encourages NAIFA's Advocacy Work

May 24, 2017

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers , spoke yesterday at NAIFA’s Congressional Conference , telling the advisor-advocates in attendance that they play a crucial role educating lawmakers on the importance of the insurance industry.   For example, he said that advisors are not in a position to fix problems with Social Security.   “That’s not within our jurisdiction. That is the responsibility of Congress. But we can help Congress see the fu...

Dougherty Touts the Value of NAIFA Advocacy

May 24, 2017

NAIFA President Paul Dougherty spoke to attendees at NAIFA’s Congressional Conference about the value that NAIFA’s political advocacy provides members.   “NAIFA’s political advocacy is what keeps us in business,” he said. “Advocacy alone is worth every penny of our membership investment. I’ve been a NAIFA member for 18 years, and over that time NAIFA’s advocacy successes have paid for my membership many times over.”   The Congressional Conference , he said, is an opportunity for NA...

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