Notice to Members 04-14

SEC Approves Amendments to Rule Governing Lending Between Registered Persons and Customers

Effective date: February 18, 2004

On August 29, 2003, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the adoption of NASD Rule 2370, prohibiting registered persons from borrowing money from or lending money to a customer unless (1) the member has written procedures allowing such lending arrangements consistent with the rule; (2) the loan falls within one of five prescribed permissible types of lending arrangements set forth in the rule; and (3) the member pre-approves the loan in writing.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Shirley H. Weiss, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8844.