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Large Options Positions Report (LOPR) – Listed
FINRA is providing Listed LOPR exceptions from FINRA’s Listed LOPR Audit Exception Report. The LOPR Listed report contains three types of exceptions for exchange-traded options: The Effective Date, LOPR Reporting Exceptions and In-Concert Exceptions.
On May 14, 2018, amendments to FINRA Rule 2232 will take effect, which require a member firm to disclose on the customer confirmation the amount of mark-up or mark-down it applies for certain trades with retail customers in corporate or agency debt securities. Disclosed mark-ups must be calculated consistent with existing Rule 2121.
Original Program Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
FINRA hosted a phone-in workshop and WebEx presentation in December 2017 to introduce the Cross Market Equities Supervision: Potential ATS Cross Manipulation and Cross Market Equities Supervision: Potential Auto Execution Manipulation Report Cards. These two Report Cards became available on the FINRA Report Center in early January.
Firms and associated persons are required to provide complete, up-to-date and accurate information on registration forms (e.g., Form BD, Form U4, Form U5 and other forms) (“Filings”). Some of the information required to complete these Filings is personal information. Please review the guidance provided on this page on how to protect this information.
Representations under Rules 5130 and 5131 may be obtained electronically through a mobile application, provided that the method for obtaining representations complies with SEC and FINRA guidance regarding the use of electronic communications, and the representations satisfy the requirements set forth in Rules 5130 and 5131.
December 11, 2017
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
111 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85003
1. What’s new?
Beginning with the 2018 program, FINRA is partnering with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business to deliver the FINRA Institute at Georgetown Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP)® program.
2. Why is FINRA making this change?
FINRA’s examination program plays a central role in supporting FINRA’s mission of investor protection and market integrity. A main component of this program is FINRA’s examinations of broker-dealers (“firms” or “members”) that are conducted on a regular cycle basis: each firm is examined at least once every four years, and many are examined even more frequently. In connection with each of these examinations, FINRA prepares a report—which is available only to the relevant firm—addressing certain aspects of the firm’s compliance with securities rules and regulations.
FINRA Rule 2111 states that a “member or an associated person must have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy involving a security or securities is suitable for the customer, based on the information obtained through the reasonable diligence of the member or associated person to ascertain the customer’s investment profile.” In addition, FINRA Rule 3110 obligates firms to establish and maintain a system to
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act, in part, to strengthen the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and extend them to broker-dealers. Among other provisions, the BSA requires firms to monitor for, detect and report suspicious activity to the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
The Trading & Financial Compliance Examinations (TFCE) section of the Market Regulation Department (Market Regulation) at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is conducting a review of [FIRM] concerning the impact the receipt of order routing inducements, such as payment for order flow and maker-taker rebates, has on the Firm’s [equities and options] order routing practices and decisions. As part of this review, TFCE requests that the Firm provide complete and detailed responses to the following: