Notice to Members 99-57

SEC Approves Rule Amendments Governing Clearing Firms And Their Introducing Firm Clients' Relationship

Effective Date: July 19, 1999

On June 2, 1999, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD® or Association) Rule 3230, which governs clearing agreements between members, with respect to: (1) the handling of customer complaints about introducing firms that are received by their clearing firms; (2) exception and other reports clearing firms make available to their introducing firm clients to assist them in their supervisory obligations; and (3) clearing firms granting their introducing firm clients check writing privileges on the clearing firm’s account.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Samuel Luque, Associate Director, Compliance Department, (202) 728-8472; or Elliott R. Curzon, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, (202) 728-8451.