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We offer guidance to firms in the form of podcasts, webinars, FAQs, reports, and more. Use the toggle below to find guidance by topic, type or date. 

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Media Center
Every day, FINRA's Insider Trading Detection Program uses sophisticated technology and analytics to monitor 100% of trading in stocks, options and bonds for potentially suspicious activity around material news events, resulting in hundreds of referrals to the SEC and law enforcement every year. On this episode, we hear how the team connects trading data, information from public sources and from companies and FINRA firms to pull together actionable intelligence.
May 14, 2024
Guidance
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the logistical aspects of the Remote Inspections Pilot Program, including the opt-in process.
May 13, 2024
FAQ
Frequently asked questions regarding FINRA Rule 2210, filing requirements and the how to use the Advertising Regulation Electronic Filing (AREF) system.
May 10, 2024
Guidance
FINRA’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and Vulnerable Adults and Seniors Team (VAST) are issuing this Threat Intelligence Product (TIP), which provides an overview of FINRA’s observations regarding the vulnerability of senior investors to investment scams, the devastating consequences for the victims and the importance of education about financial scams to prevent initial victimization and re-victimization.
May 10, 2024
Media Center
On this episode, we hear from members of both the Vulnerable Adults and Seniors (VAST) Intake and Investigations teams to hear how the groups work with individual investors, firms, states and other regulators to prevent and detect financial exploitation of senior and other vulnerable investors.
April 30, 2024
Media Center
On May 28th, U.S. markets are moving to a one-day settlement cycle, familiarly known as T+1. On this episode, we hear from four individuals across FINRA about what all market participants need to be thinking about and testing ahead of the transition.
April 16, 2024
Guidance
This notification is to warn member firms of an ongoing phishing campaign that involves fraudulent emails purporting to be from FINRA and using the e-mail addresses “[email protected]” and “[email protected]”. The e-mail addresses and domain “data-finra.org” are not connected to FINRA, and firms should delete all emails originating from these domains. Member firms should be aware that they may receive similar phishing emails from other domain names in addition to those identified in this Alert.
April 04, 2024
Media Center
These days, it's not a matter of if, but when, when it comes to cybersecurity incidents, which is why it's essential for all firms to ensure they're prepared for the inevitable. On this episode, we're catching up with two members of FINRA's Complex Investigations and Intelligence Team for an update on the cyber threat landscape and what firms should be thinking about and doing in response to the latest trends.
April 02, 2024
Arbitration and Mediation
The Neutral Corner – Volume 1—2024
March 29, 2024
Media Center
Recently, FINRA's Market Regulation and Transparency Services (MRTS) team realigned its structure around specific functions, rather than around specific rules or products. On this episode, we hear from three of the group's senior leaders to learn how the change allows MRTS to be more nimble in addressing and anticipating risks, to better leverage its data and more.
March 19, 2024
Media Center
While Generative AI and large language models present numerous opportunities to create business efficiencies and offer many potential benefits to firms, regulators and investors, they also introduce unique risks. On this episode, we hear from three experts at FINRA who are closely looking at these technologies and following developments in this space.
March 05, 2024
Guidance
As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2024, FINRA’s Cyber and Analytics Unit (CAU) proactively warns member firms of continuing social engineering campaigns involving fraudulent representations of individuals purporting to be FINRA representatives. As with many types of social engineering campaigns, threat actors may use website domain names (sites) that are similar to FINRA.org (e.g., Finra-latam.org, finra.world, finra.eu), fraudulently use FINRA’s logo or purport to be legitimate FINRA employees. These domains and individuals are not associated with FINRA.
March 01, 2024
Media Center
On this episode, we dig into a new report from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Investors of Color in the United States, that highlights interesting trends related to the pace at which Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian American/Pacific Islander investors are entering the market, their views on risk, where they're receiving information and more.
February 20, 2024
Guidance
Request for TRACE Reporting Exemption Under FINRA Rule 6732
February 08, 2024
Media Center
FINRA Enforcement works tirelessly on the front lines of investor protection, and this tremendous undertaking demands steadfast leadership. On this episode of FINRA Unscripted, we are reintroduced to Bill St. Louis, FINRA's new Executive Vice President and Head of Enforcement, to learn more about what's on the horizon for Enforcement in the new year.
February 06, 2024
Guidance
LockBit, one of the most deployed ransomware variants in recent years, continues to impact organizations across the globe, including FINRA member firms. Since November of 2023, FINRA has received reports from several member firms related to cyber incidents allegedly perpetrated by LockBit. The reported incidents varied in severity from no impact to significant disruptions in firms’ business operations. As a result, the Cyber and Analytics Unit (CAU) within FINRA’s Member Supervision Program is notifying firms of the increased activity of this threat actor to heighten awareness and visibility of this risk. CAU is also providing a compilation of resources that outline effective practices firms may consider in response to this elevated risk.
January 25, 2024
Media Center
On this episode, we delve into the results of FINRA's targeted review of certain member firms and their communications to retail investors regarding crypto products and services.
January 23, 2024
Media Center
As a self-regulatory organization, information sharing is key to FINRA's pursuit of its mission of investor protection and market integrity, and no single resource is a better example of that than FINRA's Annual Regulatory Oversight Report. On this episode, we hear from four leaders within FINRA's Member Supervision department to discuss highlights from the 2024 report.
January 09, 2024
Report / Study
The 2024 FINRA Annual Regulatory Oversight Report provides member firms with insight into findings from FINRA’s Member Supervision, Market Regulation and Enforcement programs.
January 09, 2024
FAQ

Published January 5, 2024.
Updated April 24, 2024.*

January 05, 2024
Arbitration and Mediation
The Neutral Corner – Volume 4—2023
December 29, 2023
FAQ
Q1. Who can offer or sell securities under Regulation Crowdfunding? A1. Regulation Crowdfunding allows eligible issuers1 to offer and sell securities through the platform of a broker-dealer or funding portal that is both registered with the SEC and a FINRA member (an “intermediary”). This activity must be conducted exclusively through the platform of a single intermediary. A firm cannot act as an intermediary if it is not a registered broker-dealer or a registered funding portal, and is not a member of FINRA.
December 20, 2023
Guidance
With the holiday season upon us and 2023 coming to an end, FINRA’s Cyber and Analytics Unit (CAU) would like to remind member firms to prepare for cyber threats and attacks that may occur around the holidays. Member firms and their vendors should consider reviewing and validating their Written Supervisory Procedures (WSPs), continuing to educate their employees with respect to cybersecurity and effective practices, and testing incident response plans (IRPs) to prepare for, prevent, or recover from an incident.
December 12, 2023
Guidance
FINRA’s Cyber and Analytics Unit (CAU) is highlighting an Okta data breach spanning from September 28 to October 17, 2023 that impacts Okta customer support system users.  Okta reported that threat actors downloaded names and email addresses, along with other relevant metadata, of their customer support system users. The information could be leveraged in phishing or other social engineering attacks and potentially lead to the targeting of firm personnel in an Okta administrator or customer support role.
December 11, 2023