This page provides information about anti-money laundering (AML) rules, regulations, and compliance.
FinCEN publishes important advisories with detailed information about a variety of money laundering threats. These advisories should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that you take advantage of the information provided as appropriate.
SEC SAR Alert Message Line
Firms may, but are not required to, contact the SEC to report situations that may require immediate attention by the SEC. The SEC SAR Alert Message Line number should only be used in cases where a broker-dealer has filed a SAR that may require immediate attention by the SEC and wants to alert the SEC about the filing. The SEC SAR Alert Message Line phone number is 202-551-SARS (7277). Calling the SEC SAR Alert Message Line does not alleviate the broker-dealer's obligation to file a SAR or notify an appropriate law enforcement authority. Firms wishing to voluntarily report suspicious transactions that may relate to terrorist activity can call the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) hotline at 1-866-556-3974.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)
Submit AML Compliance Officer Contact Information to FINRA Contact System (FCS)
Each FINRA member firm must submit contact information for its AML Compliance Officer through the FINRA Contact System (FCS).
Customer Identification Program Notice
FINRA has produced the Customer Identification Program (CIP) Notice to assist firms with this notification requirement.
- Information Sharing Between Financial Institutions – Section 314(b) Fact Sheet (October 2013)
- FinCEN Mandatory E-Filing FAQs
- FinCEN Guidance: SAR Confidentiality Reminder for Internal and External Counsel of Financial Institutions (March 2, 2012)
- FinCEN Guidance: Sharing Suspicious Activity Reports by Securities Broker-Dealers, Mutual Funds, Futures Commission Merchants, and Introducing Brokers in Commodities with Certain U.S. Affiliates (January 3, 2011)
- Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) revised manual: Banks and credit unions should direct questions about the manual to their primary federal regulator. (April 29, 2010)
- FinCEN Guidance: Guidance on Obtaining and Retaining Beneficial Ownership Information (March 5, 2010)
- FinCEN Guidance: Bank Secrecy Act Obligations of a U.S. Clearing Broker-Dealer Establishing a Fully Disclosed Clearing Relationship with a Foreign Financial Institution (June 3, 2008)
- FinCEN Guidance: Customer Identification Program Rule No-Action Position Respecting Broker-Dealers Operating Under Fully Disclosed Clearing Agreements According to Certain Functional Allocations (March 4, 2008)
- FinCEN Suggestions for Addressing Common Errors Noted in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) (October 10, 2007)
- FinCEN Guidance on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) Supporting Documentation (June 13, 2007)
- FinCEN Guidance: Sharing of Suspicious Activity Reports by Securities Broker-Dealers, Futures Commission Merchants, and Introducing Brokers in Commodities with Parent Entities (January 20, 2006)
- FinCEN’s SAR Activity Reviews – By the Numbers
- FATF Guidance: Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Securities Sector (October 2009)
- FinCEN’s SAR Activity Reviews – Trends, Tips & Issues
- Guidance from the Staffs of the Department of the Treasury and the SEC – Question and Answer Regarding the Broker-Dealer Customer Identification Program Rule (31 CFR 103.122) (October 1, 2003)
- FinCEN Guidance: Scope of Permissible 314(b) Information Sharing (June 16, 2009)
- The SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues, Issue 15 (May 2009). This issue features In focus: The Securities and Futures Industries
- Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Guidance: Release of Report on Abuse of Charities or Money-Laundering and Tax Evasion (March 2009)
- FinCEN Guidance (PDF 99 KB): Guidance to Financial Institutions on Filing Suspicious Activity Reports regarding the Proceeds of Foreign Corruption (April 17, 2008)
- FinCEN Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions – Anti-Money Laundering Program and Suspicious Activity Reporting Requirements for Insurance Companies (March 20, 2008)
- Anti-Money Laundering Frequently Asked Questions
- SEC and FinCEN re-extend no-action letter relief with some changes for CIP reliance upon investment advisers.
- Treasury Department guidance on the application final rules implementing Section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act.
- Joint SEC and Treasury guidance on CIP program responsibilities under the Agency Lending Disclosure Initiative.
- Comparison of the AML Customer Identification Rule and the SEC Books & Records Customer Account Records Rule
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is the Bureau of the US Department of the Treasury responsible for the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act.
- FinCEN Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions Foreign Bank Recertifications under 31 CFR § 103.177 (February 3, 2006)
- Section 314(a) Facts and Figures: FinCEN frequently publishes valuable information about the benefit to law enforcement of its Rule 314(a) requests for information.
- Law Enforcement Cases Supported by BSA Filings
- Guidance on Preparing a Complete and Sufficient Suspicious Activity Report Narrative (November 2003)
- Preparation Guidelines for Suspicious Activity Report Form (SAR), June 2000 (SAR Guidelines)
- Section 311 Special Measures: Under Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the Secretary of the Treasury can designate particular jurisdictions or financial institutions to be of “primary money laundering concern.”
- Money Laundering: A Banker’s Guide to Avoiding Problems
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (2002)
- American Bankers Association Resource Guide: Identification and Verification of Account
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Guidance
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Guidance
AML Rules & Regulations
- 12-08 SEC Requests Broker-Dealers Make SARs and SAR Information Available to FINRA
- 09-60 SEC Approval and Effective Dates for New Consolidated FINRA Rules;Effective Date (all rules except FINRA Rule 3310): December 14, 2009; Effective Date (FINRA Rule 3310): January 1, 2010
- 07-17 NASD and NYSE Joint Release Regarding Special Measures against specified Banks Pursuant to Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act.
- 06-41 NASD and NYSE Joint Release on Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act. Special Measures against Specified Banks Pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act.
- 06-07 SEC Approves Amendments to Anti-Money Laundering Program Compliance Rule and Adoption of Interpretive Material; Effective Date: March 6, 2006
- 03-34 Treasury and SEC Issue Final Rule Regarding Customer Identification Programs for Broker/Dealers; Effective Date: October 1, 2003
- 02-80 Development Regarding Treasury Information Requests Under Section 314 of the PATRIOT Act
- 02-78 NASD Adopts Amendments to Rule 3011 to Require Members to Provide to NASD Contact Information for an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Person(s)
- 02-50 Treasury and SEC Request Comment on Proposed Regulation Regarding Broker/Dealer Anti-Money Laundering Customer Identification Requirements; Comment Period Expires September 6, 2002
- 02-47 Treasury Issues Final Suspicious Activity Reporting Rule for Broker/Dealers; Effective Date: Transactions After December 30, 2002
- 02-21 NASD Provides Guidance to Member Firms Concerning Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Programs Required By Federal Law
- 01-67 Executive Order Targeting Terrorists
AML Education & Training
FINRA offers an expanding series of E-Learning Courses, including:
- AML—Compliance Courses
- AML—Independent Course
- AML—Institutional Courses
- AML—Operations Courses
- AML—Retail Courses
- AML—Wholesaler Courses
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