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New York Insurance and Banking: United at Last

Posted by William Byrnes on April 3, 2011


Why is this Topic Important to Wealth Managers? This topic discusses the new regulatory agency that will have an effect on most life insurance companies doing business in New York.  Because the new regulatory agency will oversee insurance and banking, it is likely that changes in the insurance compliance law are just around the corner.  After the financial crisis of 2008, it appears New York is taking action to prevent future disruptions in the market.  Wealth managers should be aware of the new agency as changes to insurance regulation and compliance are sure to result from the creation of this organization.

New York State is in the process of creating a new Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) which is designed to harnesses the regulatory powers and expertise of the Banking and Insurance Departments, as well as the Consumer Protection Board, by combining the functions of each, to make the State’s oversight of financial services responsive to the 21st century needs of the industry and its consumers.

This new State agency, created pursuant to legislation submitted as part of the 2011-2012 State Executive Budget, consolidates the functions, operations and staff of the Banking and Insurance Departments, along with related segments of the Consumer Protection Board, into a single State agency.

Consolidation of these agencies and activities within a single agency platform is intended to afford the State the ability to unify the State’s regulation of financial services and to more rapidly and capably respond to changing market practices and consumer preferences, thereby ensuring the industry’s continued integrity while shielding consumers from abuses.

In addition to enhancing and refining the State’s regulatory oversight of the industry, the consolidation will provide the State with the opportunity to reduce overall spending with the use of shared services.

The Superintendent of the Department of Financial Regulation will be appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate. The Department’s main offices will be located in Albany and New York City.

The Department’s main responsibilities will be carried out through two major programs: regulation and consumer protection.  Read the analysis at AdvisorFYI

 

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Brazilian Investments and Structures webinar lectures begin Feb 1st

Posted by William Byrnes on January 26, 2011


Dates: Lectures starting Tuesday February 1st, ending 10 weeks later by Friday April 8th

Course access begins upon payment

Time – 5:30pm Eastern (New York time) Tuesdays

Medium – Wimba live lectured webcam video-conference and TWEN (Westlaw) course-ware

Course Description – This course will concentrate on the Brazilian corporate structures, tax & financial systems, regulations and compliance, focusing on the practical aspects of doing business in Brazil. We will also discuss the impact of the recent changes in tax/corporate laws and regulations.

Tuition – continuing education audit student – only US$997

Enrollment Contact: Associate Dean William H. Byrnes – wbyrnes@tjsl.edu

or call +1 (619) 961-4211

LexisNexis will make available to all students at a 76% discount the international tax treatise Foreign Tax & Trade Briefs covering 110 countries !

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New York Court of Appeals Issues Decision on STOLI Arrangement

Posted by William Byrnes on January 8, 2011


The Court of Appeals of New York—the state’s highest court— issued a decision as to whether New York’s insurable interest law was violated when an insured purchased a life insurance policy and immediately assigned the policy to a third party who did not have an insurable interest in the insured’s life.

The case involves an attorney who purchased $56.2 million in insurance coverage on his own life at the prompting of a STOLI promoter.  The policies were held by life insurance trusts that initially named the attorney’s adult children as beneficiaries of the trust, but the children immediately assigned their interests in the trusts to third party investors.  Investors paid all premiums.

When the attorney died, his wife refused to provide his death certificate to the investors.  She then sued the insurance companies and investors in federal district court, alleging that, because the policies were issued in violation of New York’s insurable interest law, policy proceeds should be paid to her instead of the investors.  Read this complete article at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

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New Report Shows Room for Growth for Wealth Managers

Posted by William Byrnes on December 2, 2010


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According to a recent report by Javelin Strategy and Research (California); “[a]lthough the recent ‘Great Recession’ has caused millions of Americans to tighten their belts financially, nearly one out of five consumers are financial sleepwalkers”—those who do not manage their personal finances. [1] That’s right; at least 20% of Americans are not currently using wealth managers to manage their personal finances. The report states that the rate is more than double that of 2009. [2] This presents a vast opportunity for wealth managers to expand their market share.

The United States Department of Labor project that personal financial advisors are estimated to grow by 30 percent over the 2008–18 period.  “Growing numbers of advisors will be needed to assist the millions of workers expected to retire in the next 10 years.” [3] Further, “[a]s more members of the large baby boom generation reach their peak years of retirement savings, personal investments are expected to increase and more people will seek the help of experts.” [4]

Moreover, there is a trend in corporate America to replace “traditional pension plans with retirement savings programs, so more individuals are managing their own retirements than in the past,” creating additional opportunity for wealth managers. [5] In addition, as medical technology continues to advance and people on average, live longer, the need for additional financial planning arises.

The average compensation for wealth managers is around $89,920 to $110,130 for those marketing insurance products and services as well as other financial investments. [6] New York has the most wealth managers in terms of total numbers. [7] In addition, New York wealth managers made on average $146,460, the most from any state. [8] Read the entire article at AdvisorFYI.

For previous blogticles covering the wealth management industry, see the series beginning The Future of Wealth Management

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