Notice to Members 02-74

NASD Requests Comment on its Public Information Review Initiative

Comment Period Expired on January 6, 2003

NASD requests comment from members, associated persons, investors, investor groups, and other interested parties on a broad range of issues relating to information NASD makes public. NASD currently provides an unparalleled amount of information about firms, markets and regulation to the public. NASD's policy on public information, as established by various NASD rules, and guided by relevant federal law, has been the topic of frequent public attention. NASD has begun a corporate-wide initiative to review the information it collects or develops and the policies underlying its determination to make certain information public. The overall purpose of this initiative is to develop recommendations for a comprehensive Public Information Policy that will enhance investor protection without sacrificing the effectiveness of NASD regulatory programs or legitimate proprietary or privacy rights of member firms or their associated persons. The focus of this initiative is on information currently available to NASD, not increasing member firms' compliance or reporting obligations. Soliciting the views of NASD's constituents and the users of the information NASD makes public is a critical step in the conduct of this policy review.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Jay Cummings, Vice President, NASD Registration and Disclosure Department, at (240) 386-4773 or Ann Bushey, Director, Regulatory Review and Disclosure, NASD Registration and Disclosure Department, at (240) 386-4724.