The course, Recognizing Financial Exploitation, satisfies expanding state and federal regulatory requirements to detect and report financial exploitation
WINDSOR, Conn. and Washington, D. C., Oct. 30, 2017—During its Fall board meeting last week, the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute Board of Directors endorsed a new online training program, Recognizing Financial Exploitation (RFE), for financial professionals designed to detect and report financial exploitation of seniors and specified vulnerable adults in the United States.
“Recent research finds that financial exploitation costs seniors in the U.S. at least $3 billion annually1, seriously undermining their retirement security. It is critical that our industry lead the efforts to detect and deter those who seek to defraud our seniors,” said William C. Anderson, director, institutional product management at American Funds and chair of the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute Board of Directors. “RFE provides client-facing representatives from LIMRA member companies and other financial professionals the knowledge and tools to help protect seniors from unscrupulous, predatory people. The Board and I reviewed this curriculum and found it to be exceptional.”
RFE, a collaborative effort by LIMRA and CFM Partners, offers overview of financial exploitation, including the regulatory environment, red flags and steps financial representatives can take to help protect seniors from predatory behavior. The course clearly explains the new FINRA Rule 2165, Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults, which will go into effect on Feb. 5, 2018, and the NASAA model adopted by many states.
Exploitation and Security
“LIMRA worked with our members to develop a course that would address the growing concern around financial exploitation and its impact on Americans’ retirement security,” said Robert Wilhelm, development director for LIMRA. “As state and federal entities begin to require advisor training, LIMRA recognized there is a need for an effective, accessible, industry-wide solution that would comply with new regulatory requirements and teach advisors and other client-facing representatives how they can prevent and report elder financial abuse.”
RFE is available 24/7 via any internet-enabled device through LIMRA’s Compliance Education Platform—the same website and login credentials they now use for industry-standard Anti-Money Laundering training. The curriculum can be customized to meet individual company requirements and will include state-specific resources and tools. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Define elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors and vulnerable adults.
- Identify the characteristics of senior clients that can make them more vulnerable to financial exploitation.
- Describe common types and methods of financial exploitation.
- Identify suspicious activities, transactions, and other red flags that may indicate potential financial exploitation using scenario-based exercises.
“We are honored that the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute Board has endorsed our program,” said Wilhelm. “This is an important issue of growing concern for the industry and our country. We hope this program lessens the occurrence of financial exploitation while helping our members comply with today’s regulations.”
For more information, please visit the Recognizing Financial Exploitation (RFE), page.
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1AARP BankSafe Initiative 2016