SEC Approves Amendments to Rules on Reporting Transactions to the OTC Reporting Facility
Type of Notice
Referenced Rules & Notices
FINRA Rule 6420
FINRA Rule 6622
Direct Participation Program Securities
OTC Equity Securities
OTC Reporting Facility
Restricted Equity Securities
Stop Stock Transactions
Effective Monday, November 1, 2010, firms must comply with amended rules on applicable trade report modifiers when reporting OTC transactions in non-NMS stocks to the OTC Reporting Facility.
The text of the amendments can be found at www.finra.org/rulefilings/2009-061.
Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to:
Background and Discussion
The SEC recently approved amendments to FINRA Rule 6622(a) (When and How Transactions are Reported) relating to the reporting of over-the-counter (OTC) transactions in non-NMS stocks1 to the OTC Reporting Facility (ORF).2
The amendments reorganize the format and structure of FINRA Rule 6622(a) so that it conforms generally to the trade reporting rules of the Alternative Display Facility (ADF) and Trade Reporting Facilities (TRFs).3Rule 6622(a) identifies the types of transactions (e.g., Stop Stock) that must have a unique trade report modifier associated with them; the specific modifiers are labeled in the ORF technical specifications and not in the rule.4 Firms must use such modifiers on all trade reports submitted to the ORF, including reports of "as/of" trades. In the event that the rules require multiple modifiers on any given trade report, firms must report in accordance with guidance FINRA has published regarding priorities among modifiers.5
Additionally, the amendments require that firms now use:
Although not required under current FINRA Rule 6622(a), firms can use the above-referenced modifiers when reporting to the ORF today.
1 Reportable transactions in non-NMS stocks include, for example, OTC equity securities (such as OTC Bulletin Board and Pink Sheets securities), direct participation program securities (See Regulatory Notice 10-24) and restricted equity securities sold pursuant to Securities Act Rule 144A (See Regulatory Notice 10-26).
2See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61819 (March 31, 2010), 75 FR 17806 (April 7, 2010) (Notice of Filing of Amendment No. 2 and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of File No. SR-FINRA-2009-061).
3See generally FINRA Rules 6282(a), 6380A(a) and 6380B(a).
4See www.nasdaqtrader.com/content/technicalsupport/specifications/TradingProducts/ctci_act.pdf and www.nasdaqtrader.com/content/technicalsupport/specifications/TradingProducts/fixactspec.pdf.
5See, e.g., Section 401, Trade Reporting Frequently Asked Questions, available at www.finra.org/tradereportingfaq.
6 Stop Stock transactions will be disseminated to the public with the weighted average price modifier, which is consistent with the current dissemination policy for Stop Stock transactions that are submitted to the ADF and TRFs.