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FINRA has expanded its alternative trading system (ATS) transparency initiative. Beginning October 3, FINRA is now publishing monthly information on block-size trades occurring on ATS’s. Among other things, this data may be used by broker-dealers for market regulation surveillance purposes. The information can be found on FINRA’s website and is available free of charge.
In June 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise the content outline for the Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 exam). The content outline for the Series 50 exam has been amended to reflect changes to the laws, rules and regulations covered by the examination. These amendments also, among other things, incorporate the functions and associated tasks performed by a municipal advisor representative.
What do you do when you add a new product to your firm’s approved offering listing? How do your reps know that a new product has been added? Do your policies & procedures even address new products? What sort of training do you provide? Does your firm need to file a Continuing Membership Application (Form CMA)? As a compliance specialist for FINRA-registered broker-dealers, we encounter these type of questions from our clients on a regular basis, including FINRA, SEC, and MSRB compliance veterans.
The question of who is required to have an active FINRA Series 24 (General Securities Principal) registration is often not as easy to answer as you may think. As a broker-dealer compliance consulting specialist, we encounter this question from seasoned FINRA compliance veterans and new broker-dealers alike.
FINRA Rule 1250(b) discusses FINRA’s Firm Element continuing education requirements. Firm Element continuing education requirements apply to “covered persons”, which is defined as registered persons – including salespeople, traders, sales assistants, investment company shareholder servicing agents, investment bankers, and others who have direct contact with public customers in the conduct of a securities sales, trading, or investment banking business – and their immediate supervisors. The term “customer” in the definition of covered persons includes retail, institutional, and investment banking customers, but does not apply to other broker-dealers. Member firms are required to analyze and evaluate their training needs in light of the firm’s size, organizational structure, scope of business, and types of products and services offered, as well as regulatory developments and the performance of its registered persons pursuant to the Regulatory Element of FINRA Rule 1250(a).
Requirements for Exempt Reporting Advisers:
Exempt Reporting Advisers (“ERAs“) must submit to the SEC, and periodically update, a truncated version of the Form ADV. More specifically, ERAs must complete the following items of Part 1A of Form ADV:
The Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank”) not only mandated the registration of countless investment advisers, but also introduced a new classification of advisory firm – the Exempt Reporting Adviser – that is exempt from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”). Exempt Reporting Advisers (“ERAs“) are investment advisers that are not required to register as an adviser with the SEC or state regulators, due to their status as an advisor to either: (i) private funds and having less than $150 million of assets under management; or (ii) qualifying venture capital funds.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced revisions to the ADV Part 1. These changes will affect most Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) when they complete their annual amendment; however, RIAs may be prompted to address additional questions if a firm submits an amendment on or after October 1st.
If you’re seeking FINRA registration, you must be employed by or associated with a FINRA member firm. If you are required to take a FINRA examination while associated with a FINRA member firm – or a firm applying for FINRA membership – all examination scheduling should happen via Form U4. But what if you’re not employed by or associated with a member firm, but another regulatory authority has required that you qualify by examination? In such a case, instead of filing Form U4, you must file form U10.
In our modernized world of peer-to-peer lending, where pulling a template promissory note from the internet is possible, one area of scrutiny that FINRA member firms often overlook is borrowing from and lending to a customer. FINRA Rule 3240 addresses this topic and provides some limited conditions under which a registered representative may borrow money from (or lend money to) a customer.