News Release

NASD Dispute Resolution Establishes New Hearing Location in Hartford, Connecticut

Washington, D.C.—NASD announced today that its Dispute Resolution division has established a new hearing location in Hartford, Connecticut to service arbitration and mediation claims.

The Hartford location will add to the options that investors and arbitrators will have in Connecticut to conduct arbitration and mediation hearings. In 2002 there were 89 cases involving Connecticut claimants and currently the available pool of arbitrators for Hartford is 190. The new hearing location will also help reduce the traveling time required for all participants to convene a hearing.

"NASD Dispute Resolution is always looking at ways to better serve the needs of its customers. The addition of hearing locations has proven to have a positive impact," said Linda Fienberg, President of NASD Dispute Resolution. "Due to the positive response and operational efficiencies that new locations have provided, we continue to look at additional locations for our forum. By the end of the first quarter of 2005, NASD Dispute Resolution will have a hearing location in every state."

All arbitration and mediation claims assigned to the Hartford hearing location will be administered out of the Northeast Regional Office of NASD Dispute Resolution, located in New York City.

The addition of the Hartford forum brings the total number of NASD hearing locations to 54.

NASD Dispute Resolution is the largest securities dispute resolution forum in the world. NASD facilitates the efficient resolution of monetary, business, and employment disputes between investors, securities firms, and employees of securities firms by offering both arbitration and mediation services through a network of hearing locations across the United States.

NASD is the leading private-sector provider of financial regulatory services, dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complementary compliance and technology-based services. NASD touches virtually every aspect of the securities business-from registering and educating all industry participants, to examining securities firms, enforcing both NASD rules and the federal securities laws, and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and securities firms. For more information, please visit our Web site at