Notice to Members 07-29

SEC Approves Rule 2342 Setting Forth Requirements for Providing SIPC Information to Customers

Effective Date: November 6, 2007

On May 10, 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved NASD Rule 2342 setting forth requirements for providing Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) information to customers.1 Under Rule 2342, all members—unless they are excluded from membership in SIPC and are not SIPC members, or they exclusively sell investments that are ineligible for SIPC protection—are required to advise all new customers that they may obtain information about SIPC, including the SIPC brochure, by contacting SIPC. Such members also must provide SIPC’s Web site address and telephone number. Members must provide this disclosure to new customers, in writing, at the opening of an account and also must provide customers with the same information, in writing, at least once each year. The effective date is November 6, 2007.

Included with this Notice is Attachment A, the text of Rule 2342.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Susan M. DeMando, Associate Vice President, Financial Operations, Department of Member Regulation, at (202) 728-8411; or Patricia Albrecht, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, at (202) 728-8026.

1 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 55737 (May 10, 2007), 72 FR 27606 (May 16, 2007) (SR-NASD-2006-124), as corrected by SR-NASD-2007-036 (June 1, 2007).