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NAIC Reaction to SEC Finalizing Rules to Enhance Investor Protections

The NAIC commends the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on finalizing its rules to enhance retail investor protections. The NAIC will take under consideration the SEC's final rules as we continue our own work in enhancing protections for policyholders through changes to the NAIC's Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. As state insurance departments regulate entities and products that may also be subject to SEC regulation, the NAIC anticipates harmonizing our work where appropriate with due deference to the unique nature of insurance products.

About the NAIC

As part of our state-based system of insurance regulation in the United States, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) provides expertise, data, and analysis for insurance commissioners to effectively regulate the industry and protect consumers. The U.S. standard-setting organization is governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer reviews, and coordinate regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.naic.org.

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