Notice to Members 04-81

SEC Approves New NASD Qualification Requirements for Supervisors of Research Analysts

Compliance Date: NoLater Than August 2, 2005

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new NASD rule that requires supervisors of equity research analysts to pass either the Series 87 or the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Series 16 Supervisory Analyst qualification examination. This new rule augments the existing requirement that supervisors of research analysts must be registered as a General Securities Principal. Members may apply for registration Research Principal (RP) through Web CRD beginning on April 4, 2005, and individuals must satisfy the qualification requirements by August 2, 2005. While the Series 16 and Series 87 are currently available, due to system constraints, the Research Principal (RP) registration category will not be available until April 4, 2005. The new rule language is attached as Attachment A.