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POLICY ADVOCACY

The Leading Advocate for Portfolio Diversifying Investments

The IPA is the leading voice on critical legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Portfolio Diversifying Investments (PDI) industry. Our Policy, Regulatory and Legal Affairs Committee coordinates the resources of the IPA and its members to create opportunities for the advancement of IPA objectives via the regulatory and political process. Through policy advocacy, we communicate directly with state and federal lawmakers and industry regulators, educating them about the distinct positive attributes of PDIs.

LATEST NEWS

February 28, 2024

IPA Announces Support for S.3735, The Protecting Innovation in Investment Act

January 2, 2024

IPA Submits Comment Letter to Department of Labor’s Proposed “Retirement Security Rule: Definition of an Investment Advice Fiduciary” and related prohibited transaction amendments

December 15, 2023

IPA Submits Comment Letter to FINRA on Proposed Changes to Rule 2210

October 10, 2023

IPA Submits Comment Letter to the SEC on Conflicts of Interest and Predictive Data Analytics Proposal

POLICY PRIORITIES

POLICY ADVOCACY THAT ADVANCES THE INDUSTRY

We support increased investor access to these alternative investment strategies with low correlation to the equity markets as part of a diversified portfolio. Such strategies include real estate, public and private credit and other real assets. Through advocacy and industry-leading education, the IPA has raised awareness of portfolio diversifying investments among stakeholders and market participants, including investment professionals, policymakers and the investing public. With over $260 billion in capital investments, these investments remain a critical component of an effectively balanced investment portfolio and serve an essential capital formation function for national, state and local economies.

Below Are the IPA’s Policy Priorities:

Industry Leading Advocacy, Investor Choice, Access to Alternatives, Education

1) PROTECT INVESTOR CHOICE

Protect investor choice from regulatory overreach. Oppose federal and state regulatory expansion that significantly reduces investor access to alternative investment products. Reduce regulatory barriers to the registration and offering of alternative investment products.

• Capital Formation Policy Solutions
• Regulatory Overreach
• NASAA REIT Guidelines and Concentration Limits
• Accredited Investor Definition
• Private Placement Exemptions (Rules 506(b) and (c))

2) ENHANCE INDUSTRY EDUCATION

Provide financial professionals, investors, policymakers, and stakeholders with educational resources, including research and regulatory information, needed to understand the benefits of investing in alternative investment products. Enable financial professionals to better examine opportunities for investing in alternative investment products.

  • Portfolio Diversifying Investments Education
  • Impact of Federal and State Regulatory Proposals
  • Alternative Product Structures and Strategies
  • Alternative Product Sales and Marketing

3) EXPAND RETIREMENT SAVINGS

Increase opportunities for Americans to better meet their retirement financial needs by expanding access to alternative investments products in defined contribution accounts. Support efforts to broaden investments in individual retirement accounts. Promote bi-partisan policies to help retirement savers achieve financial security.

  • Alternatives in Defined Contribution Plans
  • Alternatives in Individual Retirement Accounts
  • DOL Qualified Plan Asset Manager

4) PROVIDE OPERATION SOLUTIONS

Lead industry efforts to develop research, data, and operational solutions to help advance access to alternative investment products and adoption of best practices. Serve as the voice for sponsors and distributors as they address issues of national importance and develop robust, consistent standards that will lead to sustainable industry growth.

  • SEC and DOL ESG Proposals (Including Climate Disclosure)
  • Independent Contractor Status
  • Electronic Delivery of Investor Communications
  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Technology and Efficiency in Straight Through Processing

5) ENSURE HARMONIZED STANDARDS

Advocate for a harmonized best interest standard of conduct for financial professionals. Promote investor choice of professional financial guidance and ensure affordable access to financial advice.

  • SEC Regulation Best Interest Compliance and Enforcement
  • DOL Fiduciary Proposal and Existing Exemptions
  • Harmonized Federal-State Standards of Conduct
  • FINRA Exam and Risk Monitoring Program

6) PRESERVE TAX TREATMENT

Protect the current tax structure and favorable tax treatment for alternative investment products. Pursue opportunities to make alternative investment products more tax-advantaged, affordable, and accessible.

  • FIRPTA Parity for Non-Traded REITs Act
  • FIRPTA Regulations Impacting REITs
  • Extension of the IRS’ Qualified Opportunity Zone Program
  • Importance of 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
  • Parity for BDC Tax Treatment

7) SAFEGUARD SENIOR INVESTORS

Ensure senior investors are appropriately protected and have choices in meeting their financial needs, including access to portfolio diversifying investments. Encourage responsible governance, operational excellence and sound business practices that protect senior investors.

  • Investor Protection Initiatives Affecting Alternatives
  • Policy Solutions Protecting Seniors and Vulnerable Adults
  • FINRA Trusted Contact Persons
  • Complex Product Education and Awareness

8) PROMOTE INNOVATION AND INCLUSION

Enhance the recruitment and opportunities for professionals entering the industry. Collaborate and establish best practices to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Support the creation of innovative alternative investment products.

  • Innovation and Policy Solutions for Alternative Products
  • Industry Best Practice Guidelines and Standardization
  • Recruitment and Mentorship Opportunities
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
INDUSTRY GUIDELINES

Bringing Industry Together on Best Practice Guidelines

The IPA is committed to providing Best Practice Guidelines on significant industry issues. Best Practice Guidelines are a set of voluntary best practices designed to advance the Portfolio Diversifying Investments (PDI) industry.

A guideline development process has been established to ensure that IPA members, experts, interested industry participants and relevant agencies inform the deliberative process and have input in the final content of each guideline. During the Guideline Development Process, IPA members will have an opportunity to provide input and comments during the development stages. The Advisor team of each guideline will receive comments and respond accordingly.

Per Share Investment Performance, Measurement  & Reporting for Publicly Registered Non-Listed REITs (April 2018)

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BDC Performance
Guidelines
(April 2015)

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 Valuation of REITs
(April 2013)

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Modified Funds From
Operations – MFFO
(November 2010)

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OTHER RESOURCES

 NAV REITs: “Return of Capital” for Tax Purposes

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COMMENT LETTERS

ACTIVE VOICE ON CRITICAL LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES

The IPA is the leading voice on critical legislative and regulatory issues affecting the Portfolio Diversifying Investments (PDI) industry. Our Policy and Government Affairs Committee coordinates the resources of the IPA and its members to create opportunities for the advancement of IPA objectives via the regulatory and political process.

 Through policy advocacy, we communicate directly with state and federal lawmakers and industry regulators, educating them about the distinct positive attributes of PDIs.  The IPA Policy and Government Affairs Committee regularly monitors and develops political action plans.

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