NASAA Model Act to Protect Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

In a significant step toward providing much needed protection for seniors and vulnerable adults, NASAA announced that its membership has voted to adopt a model act designed to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The model, entitled “An Act to Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation,” provides new tools to help detect and prevent financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

• NASAA Model Statute to Protect Vulnerable Adults


FINRA Securities Helpline for Seniors: In 2015, FINRA launched the toll-free FINRA Securities Helpline for Seniors® to provide older investors with a supportive place to get assistance from knowledgeable FINRA staff related to concerns they have with their brokerage accounts and investments.  Senior investors can call FINRA's new toll-free FINRA Securities Helpline for Seniors to get neutral, knowledgeable assistance with:

• Understanding how to review investment portfolios or account statements;
• Concerns about the handling of a brokerage account; and
• Investor tools and resources form FINRA, including BrokerCheck

1-844-57-HELPS (1-844-574-3577)
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST


FINRA Topic Page: Senior Investors


Guidance on Firm Responsibilities for Sales of Pension Income Stream Products

Pension income stream products typically involve an up-front lump sum payment to a pensioner in exchange for the rights to the pensioner’s future pension income payments. Regulatory Notice 16-12 discusses the characteristics of and investor protection issues presented by pension income stream products, as well as the legal status of these products. In addition, the Notice addresses the responsibilities of firms in supervising the sale of pension income stream products.

• FINRA Regulatory Notice 16-12 (April 2016):  FINRA Provides Guidance on Firm Responsibilities for Sales of Pension Income Stream Products