Many Americans Are Not on Track to Meet Retirement Goals

July 20, 2018

Ideally, American workers would like to retire at age 61, according to a new Bankrate survey of American adults. This may be an overly ambitious goal, considering that the average life expectancy in the United States is approaching 80 years and the majority of workers are not on pace to accumulate savings to cover nearly 20 years of retirement. The survey found that older Americans, perhaps confronting a more immediate view of retirement’s financial challenges, believe retirement should com...

NAIFA Testifies at NCOIL on State-Run Retirement Plans

July 18, 2018

NAIFA Director of Government Relations Steve Kline recently testified before the Life Insurance and Financial Planning Committee of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) on the issue of state-run retirement plans.   Kline told the legislators of NAIFA’s reservations about legislation to create state-run plans that would compete with existing private-sector plans. NAIFA acknowledges that many Americans are not saving enough for retirement and supports efforts to bolster...

NAIFA's Triple Crown

July 13, 2018

The magnificent chestnut colt Justify ascended to the Olympus of Thoroughbred racing earlier this year when he became only the thirteenth horse ever to achieve the vaunted triple crown. It was a great achievement for a great competitor. Meanwhile, at NAIFA we scored our own triple crown of advocacy victories, though our efforts took a bit longer than the two minutes or so Justify needed to vanquish the field at the Kentucky Derby.   NAIFA’s run for the roses actually began late last Dece...

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Where Does NAIFA Stand on the SEC Best Interest Proposal?

July 6, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission in April proposed a rule that would establish a best-interest standard of conduct for broker-dealers and registered representatives. The fact that NAIFA was highly instrumental in turning back the flawed Department of Labor fiduciary rule has led to some speculation that NAIFA will oppose to the SEC proposal. NAIFA supports a best interest standard for advisors and looks forward to providing any assistance we can offer as the SEC refines its propo...

Happy Fourth of July From NAIFA!

July 3, 2018

Dear friends,   On behalf of the NAIFA Board of Trustees and staff, I would like to wish every NAIFA member a happy Independence Day!   The Fourth of July is all about coming together as a country and celebrating our shared values: our enduring freedoms, our sense of community, and our national pride. These are values NAIFA and our members hold dear. They also reflect some of the best attributes of our chosen profession.   We are in the business of providing financial freedom to o...