Notice to Members 98-20

Treasury Updates List of Specially Designated Persons and Entities

As requested by the Department of Treasury (Treasury), the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD®) provides members with information from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) about persons and entities identified as “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked1 Persons.” Effective December 23, 1997, OFAC updated its master list, adding the names of 30 foreign terrorist organizations whose funds must be blocked by U.S. financial institutions, and removing one individual under sanctions administered against Iraq.

1 Blocking, which also may be called freezing, is a form of controlling assets under U.S. jurisdiction. While title to blocked property remains with the designated country or national, the exercise of the powers and privileges normally associated with ownership is prohibited without authorization from OFAC. Blocking immediately imposes an across-the-board prohibition against transfers or transactions of any kind with respect to the property.

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