Regulatory Notice 22-12 TRACE Amendments

Regulatory Notice 22-12 TRACE Amendments

FINRA Adopts Amendments to TRACE Reporting Rule to Require Identification of Portfolio Trades  Effective May 15, 2023 if you trade in TRACE-eligible securities and those securities are part of a portfolio trade, you will be required to input an appropriate modifier. The Sale Condition 4 modifier, available via the TRAQS secure web browser and the TRACE FIX protocol (Tag 22004), will be available for this designation. Regulatory Notice 22-12 provides information on the new requirement and considerations for compliance.  Background  FINRA has amended Rule 6730 to require members to append a new portfolio trade modifier when reporting corporate bond trades Read more about Regulatory Notice 22-12 TRACE Amendments[…]

Private Placement Best Practices from FINRA Disciplinary Actions

Private Placement Best Practices from FINRA Disciplinary Actions

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) publishes a monthly review of disciplinary actions taken against both firms and individuals. These disciplinary actions are useful tools to look for trends in violations and other sanctions. These trends can assist you in identifying weak areas in your Firm’s compliance programs or surveillance. Below is a list of a few recent actions related to unregistered offerings or private placements including links to learn more about each as well as key takeaways. Due diligence obligations in connection with private offerings- Torch Securities In summary, Torch Securities failed to establish and maintain WSPs reasonably designed to Read more about Private Placement Best Practices from FINRA Disciplinary Actions[…]

FINRA Rules 2165 and 4512

FINRA Unscripted Podcast: FINRA Rules 2165 and 4512

In May, FINRA released a podcast The Essential Senior Investor Protection Tools: FINRA Rules 2165 and 4512. This podcast provides a great update on the background of FINRA rules 4512 and 2165 and examples of their effectiveness over a short time frame of implementation. Two members of FINRA’s general counsel who support FINRA on the policy making side were the guests on the show. A few highlights from the podcast: FINRA Rule 2165 FINRA Rule 2165 allows a broker-dealer to place a temporary hold on a disbursement of funds or a transaction if there’s a reasonable suspicion of financial exploitation Read more about FINRA Unscripted Podcast: FINRA Rules 2165 and 4512[…]

Options Disclosure Document Update

Options Disclosure Document Update

This is a reminder for broker-dealers who provide options services to their clients, that certain disclosure documents are required including the options disclosure document (“ODD”). In May 2022, FINRA provided an information notice to update firms on the options clearing corporation (“OCC”) disclosure document issued in March 2022. Under rule 9b-1 of the Securities Exchange Act broker-dealers are required to deliver the ODD and supplements to customers. FINRA has similar requirements in FINRA Rule 2360(b)(11)(A)(1), which, among other things, requires firms to deliver the current ODD to each customer at or before the time the customer is approved to trade Read more about Options Disclosure Document Update[…]

Customer Complaint Report

Customer Complaint Report

The Customer Complaint Report is a quarterly report that displays trends in complaints reported to FINRA’s Rule 4530 Application each quarter, pursuant to FINRA Rule 4530. When a customer complaint is submitted to FINRA, the submitter must identify the product and problem classification detailed in the complaint. The report allows a firm to see their complaints in two views, by problem identified in the complaint and by product for which the complaint was submitted. Navigating the Customer Complaint Report The complaints by problem view is displayed by default. To see complaints submitted by product, choose Product from the Views drop-down Read more about Customer Complaint Report[…]