The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (“CFPA”) Contains Dangerous Delays and Provides No Consumer Protection for Investors or Business Using Section 1031
SAN JOSE, CA July 21, 2010 – Michael Halloran, president and CEO of NES Financial, has attacked the final version of The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (“CFPA”) for avoiding any substantive consumer protection for thousands of citizens in a critical sector of the U.S. economy.
“The phrase ‘it’s the thought that counts’ may be appropriate for birthdays and anniversaries, but it’s not very effective when it comes to drafting legislation. If the intent of reform is to remove systemic risk and to protect the users of financial products in unregulated sectors of the U.S. economy, then the Congress has missed the boat in trying to protect an industry,” said Halloran.
In the current financial reform legislation awaiting signature, Congress has produced a poor effort for 1031 regulation. Though the bill includes language applying to exchanges and facilitators, it only pertains to transactions primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. Unfortunately for consumers, 1031 exchanges are available only for business or investment purposes and have never been available for personal use, making the proposed regulation irrelevant.
“In drafting the legislation, Congress may have done more harm than good by creating a law that is applicable to nothing at all,” continued Halloran. “This is dangerous on two fronts. First, this creates a false sense of security — passage leads people to believe that laws to protect them during 1031 transactions are on the books, which is simply not the case. Secondly, legislators will move onto other items thinking 1031 regulation has been addressed, leaving needed regulation and the industry behind.”
“Another troubling item in the bill is a timeline for transition and study,” continued Halloran. “Congress has included a timeline that would delay enforcement of any regulation for up to four and a half years, leaving the door open for additional theft and fraud. Over the past four years, investors in 40 states have lost over $700 million due to fraud, theft and mismanagement of funds. The public deserves protection now, not protection down the road.”
In the absence of regulation, NES Financial continues to lead the industry by implementing best practices to provide the highest levels of security of funds, transactional transparency and compliance. This focus is resonating with investors and has helped NESF grow to become the largest provider of 1031 solutions in the country.
About Michael Halloran
For the past two years, Halloran has been fighting for federal regulation of the 1031 industry. Victims have lost livelihoods, retirement savings, and businesses to unscrupulous or inept exchange facillitators. As tireless advocates for 1031 industry reform, Halloran and NES Financial have met with more than 100 of our country’s legislators over the last 18 months to urge them to regulate this crucial sector.
About NES Financial
NES Financial (NESF) is the nation’s leading provider of secure, transparent and compliant financial administration and 1031 exchange solutions for Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and law firms. Combining proprietary state-of-the-art technology and outstanding client services with subject matter expertise in trusts, escrows and 1031 exchanges, NESF delivers flexible and scalable solutions that safely process over 70 billion dollars each year.
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