WASHINGTON BUREAU — The life industry is opposing a proposal that could lead to regulation of variable annuities by a consumer product safety commission.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers write today in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post that the Obama administration wants to give a financial product safety commission the authority to regulate everything from “credit cards to annuities.”
The administration could propose creating the commission in a financial services regulatory “white paper” that is set to be unveiled Wednesday.
The American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, has sent administration officials a letter opposing safety commission oversight over VA contracts.
“A detached product regulator–one that focuses on product design without regard to solvency or life insurer financials–is not only unnecessary, but risky,” the ACLI argues in the letter.