NAIFA Seeks Investor Act Changes
BY ARTHUR D. POSTAL
An industry group is suggesting that the proposed Investor Protection Act be amended to allow broker-dealers and their representatives to offer a limited number of financial products without violating fiduciary standards proposed in the legislation.
The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers presented its proposal the staff of the House Financial Services Committee.
“The draft Investor Protection Act continues to be a critical issue for NAIFA, and we have provided a second round of comments to the FSC staff to address our concerns,” said Thomas Currey, NAIFA president.
“Our changes, if adopted, would preserve the ability of the middle and lower income markets to have access to and receive competent and professional services and financial products,” he said.
The changes would amend current language in the proposed legislation that insurance agents and brokers fear would impose a “one-size-fits-all” standard governing the sale of securities products.
Under the NAIFA proposal, the bill would add a safe-harbor provision that would allow broker-dealers and their registered representatives to offer a limited number of products and not be held in violation of the fiduciary standard currently proposed in the legislation.