Notice to Members 96-33

NASD Clarifies Rules Governing RR/IAs

On May 15, 1994, the NASD issued Special Notice to Members 94-44, which clarified the applicability of Article III, Section 40 of the NASD Rules of Fair Practice to investment advisory activities of registered representatives (RRs) who also are investment advisers (RR/IAs). In particular, the Notice addressed the supervision of securities transactions conducted by RR/IAs away from the NASD members with which they are associated. Since the issuance of Notice to Members 94-44, the NASD has responded to questions concerning the types of records that may be used and recordkeeping systems that may be established by an NASD member to ensure that investment advisory transactions subject to Article III, Section 40 are properly recorded and the RR/IA adequately supervised. The NASD also has responded to other general compliance and interpretive questions relating to Article III, Section 40. To further facilitate member firm compliance with Article III, Section 40, this Notice discusses recordkeeping approaches and presents the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Section 40 since the release of Notice to Members 94-44.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Daniel M. Sibears, Director, Regulation, at (202) 728-6911; or Mary Revell, Senior Attorney, Regulation, at (202) 728-8203.