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Milwaukee, WI, United States, 2010/08/06 - Quest CE has filed a course to meet the Wisconsin 4-hour annuity requirement. An intermediary who sells annuity products must complete the one-time training course.
Effective May 1, 2011, an intermediary who sells annuity products must complete a one-time training course that qualifies for at least four continuing education credits, including topics on:
• types and classifications of annuities;
• how fixed, variable, and indexed annuity contract provisions affect consumers;
• taxation of annuities;
• appropriate sales practices;
• disclosure requirements.
The 2009 Wisconsin Act 343, prohibits an intermediary from soliciting the sale of an annuity product unless the intermediary has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend it and establishes intermediary training requirements related to selling annuities. Before allowing the intermediary to sell an annuity product, an insurer must verify that an intermediary has completed the course.
Recommendations to a consumer regarding the purchase or exchange of an annuity must be suitable and beneficial to a consumer, based on the consumer’s suitability information.
The following factors must be considered when determining whether a recommendation to a consumer for the purchase, exchange, or replacement of an annuity is suitable:
• risk tolerance;
• liquidity needs;
• intended use of the annuity;
• financial time horizon.
The Act prohibits an intermediary from dissuading, or attempting to dissuade, a consumer from truthfully responding to a request for confirmation of suitability information.
Quest has filed a course to meet the new requirement and expects State DOI approval in the next few weeks.
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