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Nov 10, 2010 2:40 pm


Customer Loses FINRA Arbitration Over VALIC IncomeLOCK Annuity Option


In a FINRA Arbitration Statement of Claim filed in September 8, 2009, public customer Anil Chawla complained about alleged losses that he sustained through the purchase of VALIC variable annuities.  The "transaction" at issue relates to the implementation of an "IncomeLOCK" rider on two existing VALIC variable annuity accounts, which were among some five accounts Claimant Chawla held with VALIC as part of his Massachusetts Optional Retirement Program. 


The history of this dispute apparently included Claimant Chawla’s filing of complaints to his UMASS Pension Office, and to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. In response to those complaints, the Respondents agreed to annul Claimant's election of the IncomeLOCK rider; however, that concession did not extend beyond the annulment and an agreement to provide compensation to Claimant for any alleged losses.


A FINRA Arbitration Panel concluded that Claimant Chawla did not understand the IncomeLOCK rider.


However, the Panel also concluded that Respondent Ring believed that Claimant understood her explanations of the rider. 


Clearly an inconsistent finding by the Panel -- but if you read the case, you will be impressed by the logic of that conclusion.  Also, look for this oddity: The Panel, on its own motion, recommended the expungement of the arbitration from a broker's CRD file.


No, you don't see that everyday! 

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