Washington - The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Alexandria, Va., says a proposal to establish an optional federal charter for insurance regulation is not the "best or right solution for regulatory reform in the industry." The association of 300,000 business owners reacted yesterday to a letter sent by 135 insurance, national and regional finance companies to the Senate Banking Committee in support of a charter. "The lack of a federal insurance regulator is especially troublesome," the letter stated. The group asked the Committee to consider the fact that, because insurance is solely regulated by the individual states, "there is no Federal regulatory agency to represent the financial regulatory interests of the U.S. insurance industry."

Source: IIABA, MarketWatch

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