Month: February 2011

SEC Approves FINRA New Member Restrictions Regarding Disqualified Persons

On February 18, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued Release No. 34-63933, approving FINRA Rule 1113 (Restrictions Pertaining to New Member Applications) and amendments to the FINRA Rule 9520 Series (Eligibility Proceedings) to restrict new applicants’ and certain members’ association with disqualified persons based on the belief that “new member applicant[s] should enter FINRA membership …

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FINRA Rule 4530 – Self-Reporting Misconduct

New FINRA Rule 4530, representing a consolidation of NASD Rule 3070 and NYSE Rule 351, takes effect on July 1, 2011. The rule increases the level of self-reporting by firms by requiring firms to not only report when a court or self-regulatory body determines a securities violation, but also when the firm concludes or “reasonably …

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SEC Institutes Social Media Sweep of Investment Advisers

As reported in Investment News on February 15, 2011, the SEC began a sweep of registered investment advisers and investment advisory firms to gather information about their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs and others. The sweep also focuses on gathering more information about policies and procedures that govern the use of …

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FINRA Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

On February 8, 2011, FINRA published its 2011 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter to member broker-dealer firms to highlight new and existing areas of significance to their regulatory programs. The following provides a summary of the letter, including an overview of the recent regulatory developments and an outline of the examination priorities for member firms. I. …

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FINRA Arbitration Panel Composition – Regulatory Notice 11-05

On February 1, 2011, FINRA amended the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes to allow customers with claims in excess of $100,000 to have two options for panel composition, either: (i) majority-public panel with two public and one non-public arbitrator or (ii) optional all public panel with all public arbitrators.  For further information, including …

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