Notice to Members 04-25

SEC Approves New NASD Research Analyst Qualification and Examination Requirements (Series 86/87)

Effective Date: March 30, 2004

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved amendments to NASD rules to finalize and implement the research analyst registration requirements and examination program. The registration requirements become effective on March 30, 2004. As of that date, any associated person who functions as a research analyst must pass the new Research Analyst Qualification Examination (Series 86/87) or qualify for an exemption or waiver. The examination consists of an analysis part (Series 86) and regulatory part (Series 87). Prior to taking either the Series 86 or 87, a candidate must also have passed the General Securities Registered Representative Examination (Series 7), the Limited Registered Representative (Series 17), or the Canada Module of Series 7 (Series 37 or 38). Persons who are functioning as research analysts on the effective date will be granted a one-year grace period within which to meet the registration requirements, provided the member firm with which they are associated applies for the research analyst registration within 60 days of the effective date of the rule. There is no “grandfather” provision for this new qualification requirement.

Questions or comments concerning this Notice may be directed to Philip Shaikun, Associate General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8451; or Carole Hartzog, NASD Testing and Continuing Education Department, at (240) 386-4678.