Notice to Members 99-79

NASD Regulation Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Provisions Governing Communications With the Public

Comment Period Expired October 29, 1999

NASD Regulation, Inc. (NASD Regulation®) requests comment from members and other interested parties on proposed amendments to modernize, simplify, and clarify the rules governing member communications with the public. One of the most significant aspects of the proposal is to exempt all member firm communications to institutional investors from pre-use approval and NASD Regulation filing requirements. Form letters and group e-mail to existing customers and fewer than 25 prospective retail customers also would be eligible for this exemption. Additionally, the proposal would exempt article reprints and certain press releases regarding investment companies from the filing requirements and simplify the standards applicable to member communications.

Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to Thomas M. Selman, Vice President, Investment Companies/Corporate Financing, NASD Regulation, at (240) 386-4533; Thomas A. Pappas, Director, Advertising/Investment Companies Regulation, NASD Regulation, at (202) 728-8453; Joseph P. Savage, Counsel, Advertising/Investment Companies Regulation, NASD Regulation, at (202) 728- 8233; or Laura Gansler, Assistant General Counsel, NASD Regulation, at (202) 728-8275.