News Releases

IRI Announces New Vice Presidents

Posted on July 13, 2016

IRI announced that it has hired Tom Korb, Chelsea Crucitti, Drew Kessler and Cheretta Clerkley and promoted Andrew Simonelli. They will serve as vice presidents on IRI’s Government Affairs and Marketing/Communication teams.

IRI Applauds House Passage of the Senior $afe Act

Posted on July 6, 2016

IRI applauded the House for passing the Senior $afe Act. IRI also urged the Senate to vote on the bill, which will foster better communication between financial professionals and agencies, as well as encourage training on financial elder abuse.

IRI Voices Support of Open MEPs Before Senate HELP Subcommittee Hearing

Posted on June 21, 2016

IRI issued a statement after voicing its support for open MEPS in a letter submitted to Chairman Enzi and Ranking Member Sanders of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, which is holding a hearing on MEPs.

Symetra Life Insurance Company Joins IRI’s Premier Alliance Program

Posted on June 21, 2016

IRI announced that Symetra Life Insurance Company has joined IRI’s Premier Alliance Program. Symetra is a leading provider of fixed indexed, fixed deferred and income annuities through a national network of banks and financial advisors.

IRI Issues First-Quarter 2016 Annuity Sales Report

Posted on June 17, 2016

IRI announced final first-quarter 2016 sales results for the U.S. annuity industry. Industry-wide annuity sales totaled $56.7 billion. Fixed annuity sales during the quarter were at their highest level in seven years, reaching $30.7 billion.

IRI Endorses Senior $afe Act

Posted on June 15, 2016

IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford announced IRI’s support for the Senior $afe Act. The announcement was made today during an event with Reps. Kyrsten Sinema and Bruce Poliquin on Capitol Hill to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Robert Cook Appointed President and CEO of FINRA

Posted on June 14, 2016

IRI released a statement from IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford congratulating Robert Cook, after he was appointed to be the next President and CEO of the FINRA. He will succeed Chairman and CEO Richard Ketchum, who is retiring.

Media Advisory: IRI Capitol Hill Event to Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on June 10, 2016

IRI will host a Capitol Hill event to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and focus on efforts to protect older investors from financial elder abuse. During the event, Reps. Bruce Poliquin and Kyrsten Sinema will discuss the Senior$afe Act.

Updated Media Advisory: Speakers Announced for IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference 2016

Posted on June 3, 2016

IRI announced the speakers and final agenda for the IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference (GLRC) 2016. This year’s event will have a strong focus on the recently finalized Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Lawsuit Filed to Challenge New Department of Labor Rule That Prevents Financial Professionals from Best Serving Retirement Savers

Posted on June 2, 2016

The Chief Executive Officers of the five national association co-plaintiffs issued a statement on this challenge.