SR-NASD-2005-134

Proposed Amendments Relating to the Status of Registered Persons and Sole Proprietors Serving in the Armed Forces of the United States

NASD has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or "Commission") a proposed rule change to amend NASD IM-1000-2 to (1) clarify that the scope of the relief provided in the IM extends to any registered person of a firm who volunteers for or is called into active military duty, not just registered representatives; (2) codify the staff's existing interpretation with respect to the receipt of transaction-related compensation by registered persons who volunteer for or are called into active military duty; (3) clarify that the relief provided to a registered person of a firm who volunteers for or is called into active military duty is available to the person during the period that such person remains registered with the firm, regardless of whether the person returns to employment at a different firm upon completion of his or her active military duty; and (4) clarify that the  "inactive" status designation is available to registered persons and sole proprietors who volunteer for or are called into active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and is available to them only while they remain on active military duty.