National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”)

Fiduciary/Best Interest Development

  • On November 19, 2018, the NAIC released its latest draft model regulation concerning suitability in annuity transactions.
  • The purpose of this regulation is to “require insurers to establish a system to supervise recommendations and to set forth standards and procedures for recommendations to consumers that are suitable, in the consumer’s interest.”
  • The regulation would require insurers to act in the consumer’s interest, without placing its financial interest ahead of the consumer’s.
  • Prior to recommending the annuity, insurers would be required to disclose: (1) the scope and terms of their relationship with the consumer; (2) any limitations it has; (3) how it is being compensated; and (4) any material conflicts of interest.
  • Insurers would need to establish a supervision system “reasonably designed” to achieve its compliance with the regulation.
  • Should an insurer violate this regulation, it would need to take corrective action and could be subject to “appropriate penalties and sanctions”.
  • This regulation would not create a private right of action.

Sources

Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation