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Consumer Advisory Opportunity Zone Investments

Publication Date: Aug 6, 2019

NDBF ISSUES ADVISORY ON OPPORTUNITY ZONE INVESTMENTS

 

August 6, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) today issued an advisory to raise awareness of the risks associated with investments in opportunity zones, economically distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

“This program provides an opportunity to strengthen investments in low-income communities and rural areas that traditionally struggled to attract the capital necessary to spur economic growth and job creation,” Deputy Director Claire McHenry said.

 

Investors attracted to opportunity zone investments for the potential tax benefits and promise of return on investment should weigh various factors before deciding to invest. The advisory discusses how opportunity zone investments work, the risks investors should understand when considering opportunity zone investments, and steps investors can take to protect themselves.

 

The full advisory is available on the agency’s website ndbf.nebraska.gov.

 

Separately, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which NDBF is a member, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued a summary that explains the application of the federal and state securities laws to opportunity zone investments.

 

The summary also provides an overview of the SEC and state requirements relating to qualified opportunity funds and their securities offerings, broker-dealer registration, and considerations for advisers to a qualified opportunity fund. The summary is available on the NASAA website http://www.nasaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Opportunity-Zones-NASAA-SEC-Staff-Statement.pdf

 

Before making any financial decisions, ask questions, do your homework and contact NDBF at (402) 471-3445 for more information.

 

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - Opportunity ZOne.pdf

Informed Investor Advisory - Opportunity Zone.pdf

 

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NDBF RECOGNIZES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

Publication Date: Jun 14, 2019

NDBF RECOGNIZES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

WARNS OF DANGER SIGNS FOR SUSPECTED FINANCIAL ABUSE

June 14, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  — In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) reminds financial professionals and the public throughout Nebraska to be on the lookout for elder financial abuse, including potential exploitation by family members or caretakers.

“Senior financial exploitation is a growing problem. Many in our elderly population are vulnerable due to social isolation and distance from family, caregiver, and other support networks,” Deputy Director Claire McHenry said. “Taking the time to understand the warning signs and the steps that can be taken to report financial abuse are key to helping those who cannot help themselves.”

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which NDBF is a member, has developed resources to help call attention to the red flags of fraud and suspected guardian financial abuse. For example, the “Guarding the Guardians” publication provides examples of exploitation and information on how to report suspected abuse.

Examples of suspected guardian abuse include:

  • The guardian takes money from the protected individual’s investment portfolio to buy a flashy car for personal use.

  • The guardian overcharges for a caregiving service, such as billing the estate hourly for wait time to file paperwork in person when it could have been submitted online.

  • The guardian does not take the protected individual to medical appointments or purchase necessary medication.

The publication as well as other resources to help seniors are available on NASAA’s Serve Our Seniors website at serveourseniors.org/about/investors/. Other senior investor protection resources are available on the NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov.

Financial and investment professionals also are encouraged to contact the agency to request a Senior$afe presentation on how to spot and report suspected senior financial exploitation.

Deputy Director McHenry asks anyone with suspicions of possible senior financial exploitation to contact the agency at 402-471-2171.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - WEAAD.pdf

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Consumer Advisory

Publication Date: Apr 29, 2019

LPL Financial to pay $499,000 to Nebraska for Securities Violations

 

April 30, 2019 (Lincoln, Nebraska) – The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) announced today that LPL Financial has paid the State of Nebraska $499,000 as part of a nationwide settlement of claims that it sold unregistered securities.

 

“This settlement sends a strong message that states hold firms accountable and continue to serve a vital role in protecting investors,” Deputy Director Claire McHenry said.

The settlement stems from a multi-state investigation led by Alabama and Massachusetts.  State securities regulators concluded that LPL offered and sold unregistered, non-exempt securities and failed to reasonably supervise the flow of information to ensure full and proper compliance with state securities registration requirements.

The settlement also found that LPL violated state securities laws by failing to maintain books and records, failing to effectively supervise its agents and staff, and that it was negligent in cancelling certain third-party services critical for compliance with state securities requirements.

In total, LPL will pay $26 million in civil penalties among the states. Additionally, LPL will offer to repurchase from investors’ securities held in LPL accounts determined to have been unregistered, non-exempt equity or fixed-income securities sold since October 1, 2006, plus 3% interest.

The settlement amount includes a $60,000 fine, $80,000 in costs to the Department, and $359,000 to be paid to the Department of Banking and Finance Settlement Cash Fund.  The settlement funds will primarily be utilized to further financial literacy programs for K-12 Nebraska students.

A copy of the Consent Order is available on the Department’s website http://www.nebraska.gov/ndbf/searches/Orders/20190410_LPLFinancialLLC_ConsentOrder.pdf 

More information about the laws governing the financial industries in Nebraska can be found on the Department’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov.  If you have questions about any investment matters, call the Department’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - LPL Settlement.pdf

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NOTICE OF RULEMAKING HEARING

Publication Date: Jul 11, 2019

 

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE

Notice is hereby given that the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance will hold a rulemaking hearing on August 19, 2019, commencing at 1:30 p.m., at the offices of the Department of Banking and Finance, 1526 K Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

The purpose of the hearing is to take testimony and evidence concerning the following changes to the Rules and Regulations of the Department:

1) The proposed revision of 48 NAC Chapters 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 18, 20, and 21.

2) The proposed outright repeal of 48 NAC Chapters 17, 22-34, and 36.

48 NAC 2—Definitions. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to repeal definitions that are no longer necessary due to the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21, and the proposed outright repeal of 48 NAC 22-34, and 36. The proposal also clarifies existing definitions and adopts a definition of the term "Department."

48 NAC 4—Broker-Dealers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to eliminate requirements for manual signatures and the payment of filing fees by physical checks or money orders.

48 NAC 5—Issuer-Dealers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to eliminate requirements for manual signatures and the payment of filing fees by physical checks or money orders.

48 NAC 7—Investment Advisers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to adopt cybersecurity requirements for investment advisers. In addition, the proposed amendments eliminate requirements for manual signatures and the payment of filing fees by physical checks or money orders.

48 NAC 10—Recordkeeping by Investment Advisers. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to amend recordkeeping requirements for investment advisers as related to cybersecurity.

48 NAC 12—Fraudulent, Dishonest and Unethical Business Practices. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to provide that an investment adviser’s use of a client’s password to access the client’s account is a dishonest and unethical business practice. The rule further provides that an investment adviser’s failure to establish, maintain and enforce a required policy is a dishonest and unethical business practice.

48 NAC 17—Uniform Limited Offering Exemption. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal as such rule is no longer necessary as a result of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s repeal of Regulation D, Rule 505, 17 CFR 230.505.

48 NAC 18—Information Requirements for the Section 8-1111(20) Nebraska Intrastate Issuer Exemption. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to eliminate

requirements for manual signatures and the payment of filing fees by physical checks or money order.

48 NAC 20—Federal Covered Securities. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to eliminate the requirement that issuers offering securities in Nebraska pursuant to the Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC") Regulation A, Tier 2 use a broker-dealer, provided no commissions or other remuneration are paid as provided by LB 259 (2019). The proposal also eliminates requirements that filing fees be paid by physical check or money order.

48 NAC 21—Underwriting Expenses, Underwriter’s Warrants, Selling Expenses, and Selling Securities Holders. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to replace this rule with a rule captioned "North American Securities Administrator Association Statements of Policy." The rule incorporates by reference Statements of Policy adopted by the North American Securities Administrators Association ("NASAA") and requires issuers registering offerings to comply with the requirements of the Statements of Policy. The following NASAA Statements of Policy are proposed for adoption:

1) "Statement of Policy Regarding Corporate Securities Definitions" as amended on May 6, 2018.

2) "Statement of Policy Regarding Underwriting and Selling Expenses, Underwriter’s Warrants and Selling Expenses" as amended on May 6, 2018.

3) "Statement of Policy Regarding Promotional Shares" as amended on March 31, 2008.

4) "Statement of Policy Regarding Promoters’ Equity Investment" as amended on September 11, 2016.

5) "Statement of Policy Regarding Loans and Other Material Transactions" as amended on May 6, 2018.

6) "Statement of Policy Regarding the Impoundment of Proceeds" as amended on March 31, 2008.

7) "Statement of Policy Regarding Unequal Voting Rights" as amended on September 11, 2016.

8) "Statement of Policy Regarding Specificity in Use of Proceeds" as amended on September 11, 2016.

9) "Statement of Policy Regarding Unsound Financial Condition" as amended on May 6, 2018.

10) "Statement of Policy Regarding Debt Securities" as adopted on April 25, 1993.

11) "Statement of Policy Regarding Preferred Stock" as amended on September 11, 2016.

12) "Statement of Policy Regarding Options and Warrants" as amended on March 31, 2008.

13) "Statement of Policy Regarding Real Estate Investment Trusts" as amended on May 7, 2007.

14) "Statement of Policy Regarding Real Estate Programs" as amended on May 7, 2007.

15) "Registration of Oil and Gas Programs" as amended on May 6, 2012.

16) "Registration of Publicly-Offered Cattle Feeding Programs" as adopted on September 17, 1980.

17) "Registration of Commodity Pool Programs" as amended on May 6, 2012.

18) "Equipment Programs" as amended on May 6, 2012.

19) "Registration of Asset Backed Securities" as amended on May 6, 2012.

20) "Statement of Policy Regarding Church Extension Fund Securities" as amended on April 18, 2004.

21) "Mortgage Program Guidelines" as amended on May 7, 2007.

22) "Omnibus Guidelines" as amended on May 7, 2007.

23) "Statement of Policy Regarding Use of Electronic Offering Documents and Electronic Signatures" as adopted on May 7, 2017.

48 NAC 22—Promotional Shares. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 23—Promoter’s Equity Investment. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 24—Loans and Other Material Affiliated Transactions. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 25—Impoundment of Proceeds. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 26—Unequal Voting Rights. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 27—Specificity Regarding Use of Proceeds. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 28—Unsound Financial Condition. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 29—Debt Securities. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 30—Preferred Stock. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 31—Options and Warrants. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 32—Real Estate Investment Trusts. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 33—Limited Partnerships. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 34—Registration of Asset Backed Securities. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

48 NAC 36—General Obligation Financing by Religious Denominations. This chapter is proposed for outright repeal due to the adoption of the NASAA Statements of Policy in the proposed amendments to 48 NAC 21.

The rulemaking hearing is being conducted under and by virtue of the provisions of Section 84-907, R.R.S 1943, as amended, which provides that COPIES OF THE PROPOSED RULES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATION at the Office of the Department of Banking and Finance, 1526 K Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508, and at the Office of the Secretary of State, 1201 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509. In addition, the proposed rules are available on the Department of Banking and Finance’s website at https://ndbf.nebraska.gov, and the Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ne.gov.

A copy of the Fiscal Impact Statement is available at the Office of the Department of Banking and Finance and on the Department’s website.

All interested persons are invited to attend and testify at the hearing. Interested persons may also submit written comments to the Department of Banking and Finance prior to the hearing, which comments will be made part of the hearing record at the time of the hearing.

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed for attendance at this hearing, please call the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance at (402) 471-2171, or, for persons with hearing impairments, please call the Nebraska Relay System, (800) 833-7352 TDD. This contact should be made at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

Dated at Lincoln, Nebraska, this 11th day of July, 2019.

Claire McHenry, Deputy Director—Securities

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

Consumer Advisory: Robo-Advisers

Publication Date: May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — Investors are increasingly turning to robo-advisers to help them manage their portfolios. Easy-to-use smartphone apps and online portals make setting up an account with a robo-adviser convenient and quick, which is contributing to their increasing popularity.

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) today issued an investor awareness advisory providing information and resources to help investors better understand robo-advisers. The advisory discusses how robo-advisers work and things to consider when investing with a robo-adviser.The full advisory is available on the agency’s website here https://ndbf.nebraska.gov/about/news-publications.

Robo-advisers are relatively new to the investing landscape. Before making any financial decisions, ask questions, do your homework.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

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Consumer Advisory - Robo-Advisers.pdf

Informed Investor Advisory - Robo-Advisers.pdf

NDBF NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE FILING FOR UNIT INVESTMENT TRUSTS

Publication Date: Apr 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) today announced that the North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA) Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) System has been expanded to accommodate the electronic filing of Form NF-UIT notice filings for unit investment trusts (UITs) with the NDBF.

Developed by NASAA, the EFD System was launched in 2014 and was initially used to facilitate the filing of Form D for Regulation D, Rule 506 offerings with state securities regulators and to pay related fees.

“By continuing to embrace technology, states are providing more innovative capital formation solutions to benefit issuers and investors alike,” NDBF Deputy Director Claire McHenry said.

Nebraska is among a growing number of states participating in the online filing of Form NF-UIT and among the 48 states participating in the online EFD system for Form D.  Future system enhancements are being considered to accommodate the electronic filing of Form NF-Mutual Funds and franchise filings.

The Department’s expansion of online filing for unit investment trusts  helps grow Nebraska and further the state’s mission of creating opportunities through more effective, more efficient and consumer focused state government.

The EFD website also enables the public to search and view, free of charge, filings made through EFD with state securities regulators. EFD is available at: https://www.efdnasaa.org.

“If you have questions about a particular offering, you should contact the NDBF,” McHenry said.

Issuers or investors with questions about EFD can contact the NDBF at (402) 471-3445.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at www.ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - Online UIT Filings.pdf

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NEO 1 % Disaster Loans

Publication Date: Apr 18, 2019

Nebraska Energy Office 1% Energy Related Disaster loans through Nebraska Financial Institutions

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) presented a webinar on April 12, 2019.   The webinar focused on the NEO Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program 1% loans to assist those impacted by floods to repair their homes, provided the home has not been condemned. 

Please click here for a copy of the full webinar: 

NDBF & NEO 1 % Disaster Loans Webinar

Please click here for the slide deck with updated phone numbers since the call:  

Click here

 

Nebraska Energy Office 1%

Publication Date: Apr 1, 2019

Nebraska Energy Office 1% Energy Related Disaster loans through Nebraska Financial Institutions

Nebraska Financial Institutions should be aware of important changes to the Nebraska Energy Office’s Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program. The NEO has adjusted its Dollar and Energy Savings Loan program to make it more attractive to Nebraska Financial Institutions and more helpful to Nebraskans affected by the recent weather disasters.

Effective immediately, the Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) is offering Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program 1% loans to assist those impacted by floods to repair their homes, provided the home has not been condemned. 

Project applications need to be submitted to your Nebraska-based lender and the NEO office prior to installation for verification of compliance with program requirements.  However, if emergency improvements have been made, and you wish to apply for the 1% program with your lender, NEO will consider prior improvements provided installed equipment and materials meet program requirements.  NEO is also waiving the requirement that the property needs to be at least 5 years old for this offering.  

This program will end August 1, 2019.  All necessary project forms and additional information can be obtained here: 

Getting a Loan for Prequalified Projects

Additional questions, please contact energy@nebraska.gov

Representatives from Department of Banking and Finance and the Nebraska Energy Offices will hold a webinar to provide information and take questions from interested Nebraska Financial Institutions on the NEO’s Disaster Assistance 1% Dollar and Energy Savings Loan Program

Event Information:         Nebraska Energy Office 1% Disaster Loans

Time:                                 9:00 am CST to 10:00 am CST  April 12, 2019

https://nvcn-cio.webex.com/nvcn-cio/onstage/g.php?MTID=e116112b646a7f8667e5861c73e9ab420

 

NDBF PROMOTES THE IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL LITERACY

Publication Date: Mar 29, 2019

 

April 2, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) — The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) today announced its support of Financial Literacy Month, a nationwide investor awareness initiative that invites people to improve their understanding of financial principles and best practices.

"Educating investors of all ages empowers them to make sound financial choices," said Deputy Director Claire McHenry.

For this year’s Financial Literacy Month campaign, NDBF is focusing on raising awareness among millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, of the importance of investing and protecting those investments from financial predators.

"Financial literacy is important for the financial future of Nebraska. We cannot afford to let the next generation embark on these critical early investing years without the financial literacy and awareness they will need," McHenry said.

A recent survey by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which the NDBF is a member, found that three-quarters of millennials (76 percent) said they do not have a brokerage account to hold investments such as stock, bonds, mutual funds or retirement assets. Among those who do invest, nearly half (46 percent) said they were not concerned about their financial security in retirement.

"This shows a gap in understanding of how to build wealth for a financially secure retirement. I encourage investors, or those thinking about investing, to visit our website, which offers a variety of investor awareness and protection resources." McHenry said.

Investors also are encouraged to contact NDBF before making an investment decision to learn more about the investment product and the person offering it for sale. "One quick call is all it takes," McHenry said. "Education is an investor’s best defense against investment fraud and best tool to build a strong financial future."

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - Financial Literacy Month.pdf

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WATCH FOR SCAMS AFTER NEBRASKA FLOODING

Publication Date: Mar 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  In the aftermath of widespread damage from the recent flooding throughout Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) cautioned investors to watch out for opportunistic investment scams.

“Nebraskans have big hearts and are looking for ways to help out communities and neighbors impacted by flooding. However, we know from experience that financial predators are out there trying to seek profit from the misfortune of others,” said NDBF Director Mark Quandahl. “Unsolicited investment offers seeking to capitalize on the aftermath of the flooding should be approached with extreme caution.”

NDBF Deputy Director Claire McHenry reminded investors to watch for red flags of disaster-related scams, including unsolicited email, social media messages, crowdfunding pitches or telephone calls promoting investment pools or bonds to help flood victims, water-removal or purification technologies, electricity-generating devices and distressed real estate remediation programs. She said that scam artists may linger long after the flood waters have receded to prey on victims who anticipate receiving large lump-sum insurance settlements for damaged property and other losses.

NDBF offered three tips to help investors avoid disaster-related scams:
•Delete unsolicited emails or social media messages and hang up on aggressive cold callerspromoting flood-related investments, especially those from small companies touting unprovenor new technologies or products.
•Use common sense. Claims of guaranteed returns or low/no investment risk are classic redflags. Every investment involves some degree of risk.
•Do your homework. Contact NDBF to check that both the seller and investment are licensedand registered. If not, they may be operating illegally. Contact information for other statesecurities regulators is available on www.nasaa.org.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

NDBF Press Release - Nebraska Flooding - Scams Alert (03-21-2019)

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Legislative Bills Approved March 8 2019

Publication Date: Mar 8, 2019

Legislative Bills 258  & 259 with Effective date March 8, 2019 and LB 355 has  Various Operational Dates.

For more information about the Legislative Bills please Click the below pdf links for the respective bills.

Legislative Bill 258 - Effective March 8, 2019

Legislative Bill 259 - Effective March 8, 2019

Legislative Bill 355 - Various Operational Dates

 

 

 

DDS LICENSE RENEWAL DEADLINE

Publication Date: Mar 5, 2019

NDBF REMINDS DDS LICENSEES OF May 1, 2019 RENEWAL DEADLINE

The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance ("NDBF") reminds DDS licensees holding an active Delayed Deposit Services license in Nebraska that it will expire on May 1, 2019.

Nebraska Statutes require that each Delayed Deposit Services Business renew its license annually. Be advised that Section 45-926 of the Delayed Deposit Services Licensing Act prohibits the operation of a Delayed Deposit Services business without a license. Your current license will expire on May 1, 2019.

The 2019 Delayed Deposit Services Renewal Licensing Forms and Instructions are available on the Department web site at https://ndbf.nebraska.gov/industries/delayed-deposit-services-payday-len.... Licensees must use the licensing forms provided on the Department’s website. Forms from previous years will not be accepted.

To renew a DDS Business License, a licensee must submit the following:

1) Delayed Deposit Services Business License Renewal Application and Fee- MUST BE MAILED TO THE NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE AND BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN APRIL 12, 2019.

Companies holding licenses in more than one county, all principal places of business and branches may be submitted on one application.

When you submit the license renewal application, you must include the appropriate renewal fees. The renewal fee is $500 for each principal place of business and $500 for each branch office.

2) Delayed Deposit Services Licensee Annual Report and Supplemental Annual Report for 2018- MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED TO DOB.CONSUMERFINANCE@NEBRASKA.GOV NO LATER THAN APRIL 12, 2019.

Annual Report and Supplemental Annual Report for 2018 must be submitted for each license #.

3) Delayed Deposit Services Licensee Annual Report- Affidavit

Upon approval of the Annual Report and Supplemental Annual Report, the Department will email the Licensee’s Primary Contact the required Affidavit to be signed and notarized. The individual signing this form is affirming that to the best of his or her knowledge the information contained in the Annual Report is true.

The completed Affidavit MUST BE MAILED TO THE NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE.

ONCE APPROVED, RENEWAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES OF BRANCH APPROVAL WILL BE MAILED TO THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS.

You must still file an Annual Report and Supplemental Annual Report, even if you are not renewing your DDS license.

If you have questions, please email dob.consumerfinance@nebraska.gov and include your company name and license number in the subject line or call 402-471-2171.

2018 Annual Report

DDS Business License Renewal Application 2019

DDS 2018 Supplemental Annual Report

NDBF Participates in National Investor Awareness Campaigns

Publication Date: Feb 25, 2019

 

February 25, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) —The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) is participating in America Saves Week and Military Saves Week, February 25-March 2, to help raise awareness among investors, especially those entering the workforce or those early in their careers, of the importance of safeguarding their financial futures.

"Building a safe and secure financial future it is critical for all generations and we must ensure this important message is making its way to Millennials," said Deputy Director Claire McHenry.

The nation’s 75 million Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest demographic in the United States. With nearly a quarter of the entire U.S. population, Millennials also make up nearly two-fifths of all working age Americans – those saving and investing to build retirement nest eggs.

"Millennials either are just coming of age or are starting to get serious about building wealth for their financial futures. At the same time, many are straddled with student loan debt, are ill-equipped with the financial literacy tools necessary to build their future and may become susceptible to go-to promise of con artists: high returns for low risk," Deputy Director McHenry said.

To help promote investor awareness and protection, the NDBF is providing three quick tips.

1. Watch for the Red Flags of Fraud. "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is," Deputy Director McHenry said.

2. Understand Who You Are Doing Business With. "Many of us spend more time reading restaurant’s reviews than researching the background of our stockbroker or investment adviser," she said.

3. Know where to turn for help. "Your state securities regulator is just a click or call away," Deputy Director McHenry said.

NDBF can provide detailed information about an investment product, broker or adviser. This information is free and easy to obtain. For more information, please contact NDBF at (402) 471-3445 or online at www.ndbf.nebraska.gov.

NDBF is a proud partner in America Saves Week and Military Saves Week, national public awareness campaigns led by the Consumer Federation of America to motivate people to save for their financial future. To learn more, visit www.americasaves.org.

More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at www.ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

Consumer Advisory - Military Saves Week.pdf

Informed Investor Advisory Military Saves.pdf

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Electronic Surety Bond Adoption

Publication Date: Jan 28, 2019

Electronic Surety Bond Adoption

EFFECTIVE February 1, 2019

On January 25, 2019 the Director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance signed the Order Adopting Acceptance of Electronic Surety Bonds for Mortgage Bankers, Installment Loan Licensees, Installment Sales Licensees and Money Transmitter Licensees.  Effective February 1, 2019, Electronic Surety Bond (ESB) tracking will be managed through NMLS for the following license types:

•             Mortgage Banker License

•             Mortgage Banker Registration

•             Installment Loan License

•             Installment Sales License

•             Installment Sales Registration

•             Money Transmitter License

Management of ESBs through NMLS will allow for the tracking of surety bond requirements and the maintenance of surety bond information validated by authorized surety companies and/or surety bond producers. After February 1, 2019, new company license applications will be required to meet all surety bond requirements by completing the electronic process. Current licensees must convert all existing surety bonds to NMLS via the submission of an ESB by the date listed on the Conversion Plan found on the State Licensing Requirement page of the NMLS Resource Center. Please thoroughly review the Conversion Plan and take the necessary steps to convert existing surety bonds by the January 31, 2020 deadline. Failure to complete the conversion process may affect your company’s ability to renew your license for the next year. Refer to the renewal section of the Conversion Plan for more information. 

Licensees must first grant authority to their surety bond company/producer in NMLS, and then contact the company/producer to prepare the ESB. See the ESB for Licensees page for resources and more information. As noted in the Conversion Plan, there is an ESB Quick Guide on the NMLS Resource Center for your reference. 

If you have any questions about the ESB adoption plan, feel free to contact this agency at 402-471-2171or by email at dob.mortgage@nebraska.gov.  When contacting this agency, please specify the type of license you are referring.

Electronic Surety Bond Adoption

ADVISORY: PROMISSORY NOTES

Publication Date: Jan 24, 2019

January 24, 2019 (LINCOLN, NEB.) —The Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) announced today the release of a new Informed Investor Advisory to raise investor awareness of the risks associated with investments in promissory notes.
State securities regulators have identified promissory notes as a leading source of complaints to their agencies. In fact, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which NDBF is a member, reported 210 investigations involving promissory notes, which led to 149 formal enforcement actions by state securities regulators in 2017.
The advisory reminds investors to be cautious of short-term promissory notes. Investors should be cautious about promissory notes with durations of nine months or less, as these notes generally do not require federal or state securities registration. Such short-term notes have been the source of most (though not all) of the fraudulent activity involving promissory notes.
The full advisory is available here: ndbf.nebraska.gov/about/news-publications.
Before making any financial decisions, ask questions, do your homework and contact NDBF at 402-471-2171.
More information about the laws governing the securities industry in Nebraska can be found on NDBF’s website at ndbf.nebraska.gov. If you have questions about any investment matter, call NDBF’s Consumer Hotline toll free at (877) 471-3445 in Nebraska, or (402) 471-3445 if you are out of state.

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Informed Investor Advisory Promissory Notes.pdf

Consumer Advisory - Promissory Notes.pdf