Notice to Members 98-99

SEC Issues No-Action Letter on Proprietary Accounts of Introducing Broker/Dealers

On November 3, 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a No-Action Letter to clarify its position under SEC Rule 15c3-1 (Net Capital Rule) regarding the capital treatment of assets in the proprietary account of an introducing broker/dealer (PAIB) held by a clearing broker/dealer. The letter allows introducing broker/dealers to include PAIB assets as allowable assets in their net capital computations, provided the clearing broker/dealer establishes a separate reserve account for PAIB assets in accordance with SEC Rule 15c3-3 (Customer Protection Rule) and both the introducing broker/dealer and the clearing broker/dealer enter into a written agreement whereby the clearing broker/dealer will perform the PAIB calculation in accordance with the provisions, procedures, and interpretations set forth in the letter. Firms must begin adhering to the requirements stated in the No-Action Letter on June 1, 1999; until then introducing broker/dealers may continue their current practice of treating PAIB assets as allowable.

A copy of the No-Action Letter is attached. Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Samuel Luque, Jr., Associate Director, Member Regulation, NASD Regulation, Inc. (NASD RegulationSM), (202) 728-8472, or Susan DeMando, Regional Compliance Supervisor, Member Regulation, NASD Regulation, (202) 728-8411.