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NAFA submitted a letter to the Department of Labor

April 17, 2017- In a letter submitted to the Department of Labor, NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities is urging a further delay of the fiduciary duty rule beyond its current June 9 partial applicability date, while the Department completes its comprehensive examination of the rule as directed by President Trump in his February 3rd White [...]

NAFA has submitted a comment letter to the DOL regarding the proposed 60-day delay of the fiduciary rule’s applicability date

March 14, 2017- NAFA has submitted a comment letter to the DOL regarding the proposed 60-day delay of the fiduciary rule’s applicability date. As the comment letter makes clear, NAFA strongly supports a proposed delay to give the DOL time to review significant questions of law and policy raised by the rule and in support of [...]

NAFA files a comment letter in general opposition to the Department’s Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption for Insurance Intermediaries

February 17, 2017 – NAFA files a comment letter in general opposition to the Department’s Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption for Insurance Intermediaries. Recognizing that the Proposed Exemption would have devastating effects on IMOs – particularly on small and mid-size organizations, many of which are NAFA members – NAFA’s comment letter addressed, in particular, the arbitrary and [...]

NAFA Files Emergency Motion for Injunction in Continued Fight to Stay DOL Rule

 
WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2016) — NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities, announced Tuesday that it has filed an emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The appeal is from an order and memorandum opinion of the federal district court issued Nov. 4 [...]

NAFA to Appeal Court Decision on DOL Fiduciary Rule

NAFA Will Seek Expedited Review 
WASHINGTON (November 7, 2016) — The National Association for Fixed Annuities (“NAFA”) announced today, following a federal district court decision upholding the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, that it will appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We are obviously disappointed by the court’s decision, but we have always assumed this [...]

Dr. Jack Marrion Honored with Bo Johnson Spirit Award for Lifetime Achievement

 
WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2016) — NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities, announced Dr. Jack Marrion as the recipient of its 2016 Bo Johnson Spirit Award for Lifetime Achievement at its eighth annual Annuity Distribution Summit this month. The award recognizes courage, spirit and determination that challenges the status quo, inspires others to achieve, contributes [...]

Illinois Court Declares Fixed Indexed Annuities Are Not Securities

 
NAFA Filed Amicus Curiae Brief, Pushed for Published Decision
WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2016) — After three years of agency and court litigation, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District has ruled that, under Illinois law, fixed indexed annuities are only to be regulated as insurance products and not as securities. This comes as a [...]

NAFA ALERT — Federal District Court Hears NAFA’s Challenge to DOL Rule

Last Thursday, a hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction and summary judgment was held in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. in NAFA’s lawsuit against the Department of Labor. This is the first hearing in a string of lawsuits challenging DOL’s fiduciary rule. Attorney Philip D. Bartz [...]

Update: Illinois Department of Securities Action

Pam Heinrich, NAFA’s General Counsel, has provided the following summary of the Court’s decision, as well as the anticipated next steps in the case.
 
On July 29, 2016, a 3-judge panel of the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Fourth District issued a unanimous Order reversing the circuit court’s decision and the Illinois Secretary of State’s final order against [...]

NAFA Seeks Preliminary Injunction against DOL Fiduciary Rule

 
Association Files Suit Alleging ‘Irreparable Harm’ to Members
WASHINGTON (June 2, 2016) — NAFA, the National Association for Fixed Annuities, announced today that it has filed a federal lawsuit in the D.C. District Court challenging the Department of Labor’s new “fiduciary rule.” The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction to stay the rule, which is currently scheduled [...]