NEW Suitability & Best Interest Requirements in New York

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NY DFS) has released the final version of best-interest Regulation 187 (NY 187) Suitability and Best Interests in Life Insurance and Annuity Transactions.

This regulation requires producers and insurers to implement a process that ensures they’re acting in the consumer’s best interest when recommending an annuity or life insurance policy issued in New York.

The new regulations takes effect:

  • August 1, 2019 for annuity contracts
  • February 1, 2020 for life insurance policies

How this affects you as a producer:

  • You are required to complete the newly required Best Interest Rule training prior to solicitation of any sale on or after August 1, 2019.
  • Determine the annuity is suitable and is in the client’s best interest.
  • Provide all required disclosures to the client, including compensation and the basis of recommendation.

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