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Company Overview of VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.

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2929 Allen Parkway


Houston, TX 77019-2158

United States


866 544 4968

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VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. Key Developments

FINRA Fines VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. $1.75 Million for Failure to Prevent Conflicts of Interest in its Compensation Policy and for Other Supervisory Failures Related to Variable Annuity Sales

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has fined VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. (VFA), a total of $1.75 million for failing to identify and reasonably address certain conflicts of interest in the firm’s compensation policy for instances when customers elected to move assets out of their VALIC variable annuities (VA), many of which were held in retirement plan accounts. The firm also failed to adequately supervise its VA business, including the sale of VAs with multiple share classes. FINRA found that VFA failed to have a reasonable system to address and review the conflict of interest created by its compensation policy. From October 2011 through October 2014, VFA created a conflict of interest by providing registered representatives a financial incentive to recommend that customers move their funds from VALIC variable annuities to the firm’s fee-based platform or into a VALIC fixed index annuity. VFA further incentivized the conflict by prohibiting its registered representatives from receiving compensation when moving customer funds from a VALIC VA to non-VALIC VAs, mutual funds or other non-VALIC products. During 2012 and 2013, FINRA found there was significant volume of assets moving from VALIC VAs to the advisory platform. Also, in a seven-month period after the compensation policy was amended to include the proprietary fixed index annuity, sales of that product grew more than 610%.

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