Notice to Members 96-80

SEC Requests Comments on Proposed Amendments to SEC Rules 17a-3 and 17a-4

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is requesting comments on proposed amendments to the broker/dealer books and records rules. The proposed amendments clarify, modify, and expand recordkeeping requirements with respect to purchase and sale documents, customer records, associated person records, customer complaints, and certain other matters. In addition, the proposed amendments specify certain types of books and records that broker/dealers must make available in their local offices.

The SEC is proposing these amendments in response to concerns raised by members of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The proposed amendments are intended to obligate broker/ dealers to make and retain additional records that would be valuable to state regulators during examination and enforcement proceedings.

Comments regarding this Notice should be submitted by December 27, 1996, in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Stop 6-9, Washington, DC 20549. Comments may also be submitted electronically to the following e-mail address: All comment letters should refer to File No. S7-27-96.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Samuel Luque, Jr., Compliance Department, NASD Regulation, Inc., at (202) 728-8472, or Susan DeMando, NASD Regulation, Inc., Compliance Department, at (202) 728-8411.