Notice to Members 05-38

NASD Reminds Broker-Dealers of Their Responsibilities Regarding Deficits in Introduced Accounts; Immediate Action May Be Required to Ensure Compliance

NASD is concerned that clearing firms and introducing firms are frequently failing to properly consider deficits in introduced accounts in accordance with an August 1988 interpretation published in NASD Guide to Rule Interpretations (May 1996). This Notice is intended to remind members of their responsibilities in this regard. In addition, please note that reviews for the proper handling of deficits in introduced accounts will be an integral part of NASD's examination program for both clearing and introducing firms.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Susan M. DeMando, Associate Vice President, Financial Operations, at (202) 728-8411; or Anne Harpster, Financial Analyst, Financial Operations, at (202) 728-8092.