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FACC Response to Best Interest with CRS

Dear Director Froment:
We appreciate you have reached out and requested feedback on the following question outlined in Ms. Matthews May 22, 2019 email:
If the model would require “best interest” as the appropriate standard of conduct, how should “best interest” be defined in order to provide an objective standard for compliance and regulatory oversight?
As you know from our previously submitted comments, we oppose applying a security industry “best interest” standard to fixed annuities.

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3 Misconceptions about Best Interest

As the National Association of Insurance Commissioners considers amending the model suitability regulation, and as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission considers adoption of a parallel best interest proposal, the FACC Campaign finds certain misconceptions have taken root that must be addressed to ensure the ongoing debate is conducted based on facts and sound reasoning rather than preconceived notions or inaccurate assumptions. Kim O’Brien helped kill the DOL fiduciary rule. Here’s what she thinks about the new sales standards projects.

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To Best or Not To Best . . . That is the Question . . . Or Is It?

 For those following NAIC developments, the working group is drafting an update to the model suitability regulation, deciding whether to include an explicit “best interest” provision. It has sparked debate between factions on the working group but the FACC Campaign is not convinced it matters.  FACC maintains the NAIC should

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Industry Coalition Supports Alternative Approach to Best Interest

Fixed Annuity Group Proposes Revisions to Model Annuity Disclosure Regulation Phoenix, AZ, 1BOctober 10, 2018 – The Fixed Annuity Consumer Choice Campaign (FACC) today released its proposal to require stronger disclosures including a client relationship summary and producer compensation notice. The group contends the best interest proposals currently under consideration

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FACC to NAIC: Suitability Works

The newly formed group, the Fixed Annuity Consumer Choice Campaign, or FACC Campaign, is led by Dwight Carter, President of Financial Security Associates and chairman of the new organization, and Kim O’Brien, a well-known annuity advocate.
Its primary emphasis is pushing for permanent placement of fixed indexed annuities under the 84-24 Exemption with other fixed annuities.

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Our Press Release: Group Forms TO PROTECT FIXED ANNUITIES – Focused on Preserving Consumer Choice

The newly formed group, the Fixed Annuity Consumer Choice Campaign, or FACC Campaign, is led by Dwight Carter, President of Financial Security Associates and chairman of the new organization, and Kim O’Brien, a well-known annuity advocate.
Its primary emphasis is pushing for permanent placement of fixed indexed annuities under the 84-24 Exemption with other fixed annuities.

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