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On April 20, 2015, FINRA launched a significant new initiative—the FINRA Securities Helpline for Seniors (HELPSTM)—to broaden its investor protection efforts. As part of FINRA’s commitment to the protection of senior investors, the Helpline is intended to be the “go-to” resource for senior investors with securities-related questions and concerns.
Effective June 6, 2016, FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) requires a firm to include a readily apparent reference and hyperlink to BrokerCheck on the initial Web page that the firm intends to be viewed by retail investors, and any other Web page that includes a professional profile of one or more registered persons, who conduct business with retail investors. A summary of the rule’s requirements is available in Regulatory Notice 15-50.
FINRA is committed to ensuring that all respondents are treated fairly in the disciplinary process. Below, you will find brief answers to a number of questions frequently asked by respondents. We hope these answers will be helpful in orienting you to the disciplinary process.
One of the primary missions of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the protection of investors, of which senior investors are an important and growing subset. As part of a collaborative effort, staff of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”)1 and FINRA (collectively, the “staff”) conducted 44 examinations of broker-dealers in 2013 that focused on how firms conduct business with senior investors as they prepare for and enter into retirement.
February 20, 2015
Mr. Gregory J. Nowak
Pepper Hamilton LLP
3000 Two Logan Square
Eighteenth and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799
Re: FINRA Rule 5130 - Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of Initial Equity Public Offerings
Dear Mr. Nowak:
This is in response to your letter dated December 3, 2014, in which you request interpretive guidance on behalf of PCV Lux, SCA ("PCV") regarding the definition of "portfolio manager" under FINRA Rule 5130(i)(10)(D) (Portfolio Managers).
- Q: If I am an existing subscriber or vendor of the SPDS (Structured Products Dissemination Service) will I automatically receive the new ABS data set on June 1, 2015? A: Existing subscribers or vendors of SPDS will automatically receive disseminated transactions in publicly traded ABS. No changes to the vendor agreement are required.
Many firms will from time to time seek to expand their business, either by adding a new line of business or by substantially increasing the scope and size of the existing business. However, a member firm that plans to undergo a material change in business operations is required to file a Continuing Membership Application (CMA) with FINRA’s Membership Application Program (MAP) Group prior to implementing the material change, pursuant to FINRA Rule 1017(a)(5).
FINRA is conducting a retrospective review of its gifts and non-cash compensation rules, and is publishing this report on the assessment phase of the review. The purpose of the review is to assess whether the rules are meeting their intended investor protection objectives by reasonably efficient means and to take steps to maintain or improve the effectiveness of the rules while minimizing negative economic impacts.
FINRA is conducting a retrospective review of its communications rules, and is publishing this report on the assessment phase of the review. The purpose of the review is to assess whether the communications rules are meeting their intended investor protection objectives by reasonably efficient means and to take steps to maintain or improve the effectiveness of the rules while minimizing negative economic impacts.