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DOL Guidance On Fiduciary Rule Does Little To Clarify Ambiguities

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued new fiduciary rule guidance in the form of 34 frequently-asked questions, which focus primarily on the best interest contract exemption, grandfather issues, and some compensation issues. 

This is the first in a series of three FAQs the DOL has said it will issue. The current FAQ explains that new money can be invested to an established portfolio without negating the DOL rule’s grandfather clause, and that selling an asset will not negate the grandfather provision unless there is an advisor makes a recommendation to purchase a new asset that would result in new compensation.

Otherwise, however, the FAQ lacks significant clarity or simply restates what is in the rule and its preamble.  NAIFA hopes that future guidance from DOL will address remaining ambiguities.

Legislative Updates 2017

Upcoming Events

Day On The Hill
January 26, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501

8:00am - Presentations and Training
12:00pm - Morning Session Ends (lunch on your own)
Afternoon - Legislator Meetings

The afternoon is reserved for you and your fellow local members to meet with your State Senator and Representatives to discuss our issues. A "talking points" document will be provided by our Lobbyist, Mel Sorensen during the morning session.

We need your voice and your participation!

Contact your legislators now to make an appointment to meet on the afternoon of January 26. Click here to find your legislators' contact information. When you have confirmed appointments please send the name of the legislator, time of appointment, and location to Jenna Olson at We will keep a master list of appointments so any members from your same legislative district can attend the same meeting.

2017 State Convention
May 24-26, 2017
Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
104 W. Woodin Avenue, Chelan, WA 98816


"I can share my ups and downs with people who understand what's its like to be in this business."
- Al Zalewski, Group Services NW

"Being around successful people at NAIFA helps me be more successful."
- Joe Newman, Thrivent Financial

Upcoming Events

NAIFA partners with the College for Financial Planning
Life Underwriter Training Council

Whether you take it online or in-person, the LUTCF professional designation can help you improve your business by "leaps and bounds" like jumping tall buildings!* Check out NAIFA's LUTCF program page for details on becoming a LUTC Fellow and raising your professional reputation with LUTCF!


Contact a moderator for more details:

Michael C. Staeb | Seattle/Eastside | (855) 627-8232
Wayne Lunday | Lower Columbia | (360) 273-6991
Stephen Good | Seattle/Eastside | (206) 346-3268

*No ability to leap tall buildings actually comes from completing LUTC curriculum. :-)