Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest

Tag Archives: Broker-Dealer

National Adjudicatory Council Revises Sanction Guidelines

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, through the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC), has revised the FINRA Sanction Guidelines that hearing panels and the NAC use in determining appropriate remedial sanctions for FINRA members in disciplinary proceedings. Among other changes, the revised Sanction Guidelines include the following additions: three new guidelines: Supervision—Systemic Supervisory Failures, Borrowing From or… Continue Reading

FINRA Issues Regulatory Notice on GASB Accounting Support Fee

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that it will collect a total of $8,309,000 in 2017 from its member firms as part of the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Accounting Support Fee. FINRA will collect $2,077,250 each calendar quarter beginning in April 2017 from its member firms that report trades to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board… Continue Reading

FINRA Updates Web API Specifications for the TRACE Securitized Products

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently released a document outlining updates to the TRACE Web Application Programming Interface (API). This new update, Version 5.0, affects only securitized products. As mentioned in the FINRA Regulatory Notice, effective May 16, 2011, securitized products include asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities and other similar securities. The document provides the new… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Amendment to Shorten Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

Posted in Broker-Dealer, SEC/Corporate
On March 22, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) that shortens the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three business days (known as T+3) to two business days (or T+2). Specifically, the rule, as amended, would prohibit a broker-dealer from entering into a contract for or effecting… Continue Reading

FINRA Seeks Comment on Engagement Programs

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has issued a notice requesting public comment on how to improve industry and public engagement. The notice focuses on various engagement processes and programs, including advisory, ad hoc and district committees, FINRA’s rulemaking process, member relations programs, education and compliance programs and reporting on FINRA operations. The notice is part… Continue Reading

FINRA Proposes Rule to Revise Qualification and Registration Requirements

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On March 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt amendments to the qualification and registration requirements for associated persons. The proposed rule change restructures the current qualification examinations, creates a general knowledge examination and specialized knowledge examinations, and revises the continuing education requirements.… Continue Reading

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Rule 15c2-12 prohibits dealers acting as an underwriter for a primary offering of municipal securities from purchasing or selling those securities after the occurrence of certain events. To comply with the rule, underwriters typically provide event notices… Continue Reading

FINRA Proposes Amendments to Rule Pertaining to Communications with the Public

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking comment with respect to proposed amendments (the “Proposed Amendments”) to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public). The Proposed Amendments would create an exception to FINRA’s general prohibition on projected performance and would be applicable to all FINRA-member firms. The Proposed Amendments would allow firms to present… Continue Reading

SEC Approves Pricing Disclosures for Fixed Income Securities

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved amendments to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Rule 2232 (Customer Confirmations) that require FINRA-member firms to disclose additional information to retail customers with respect to transactions in certain fixed income securities (the “Final Rules”). The Final Rules require the disclosure in customer confirmations of (1) the mark-up or… Continue Reading

FINRA Files Proposed Rules With The SEC To Implement Consolidated Audit Trail Plan

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed proposed rules with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 6800 Series, which is designed to implement the compliance rule regarding the National Market System (NMS) Plan Governing the Consolidated Audit Trail. Pursuant to Regulation NMS, various exchanges have filed with the SEC a plan to… Continue Reading

SEC Simplifies Process for Electronically Filing Broker-Dealer Annual Reports

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Derivatives
The Division of Trading and Markets (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission has updated its no-action relief to broker-dealers and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers from the requirement to file annual and supplemental reports with the SEC in paper form. The Division had previously issued a no-action letter in December 2015 that provided relief to… Continue Reading

FINRA and ISG Update Electronic Blue Sheet Data Elements

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the US members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (ISG) have updated various data elements for Electronic Blue Sheet (EBS) to include codes for the MIAX Pearl. The FINRA and ISG also have updated the data elements for EBS to include transaction type identifiers for each of “non-program trading,… Continue Reading

MSRB Revises Customer Complaint and Related Recordkeeping Rules

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB’s) revisions to its customer complaint and related recordkeeping rules. The MSRB has modernized the rules and extended their application to municipal advisors as follows: The MSRB extended its customer complaint recordkeeping requirements to all municipal advisors, including non-solicitor and solicitor municipal advisors.… Continue Reading

FINRA Issues Report on Implications of Blockchain

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On January 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, responding to increased industry interest in distributed ledger technology (DLT) known as “Blockchain,” issued a report on the uses and potential implications of this technology in the securities industry. The report provides an overview of DLT and its applications in various markets as well as discussing governance,… Continue Reading

CBOE Files Proposal To Amend Priority Rules

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On November 22, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (the “Exchange” or CBOE) filed a proposal to amend CBOE Rules 6.45A, 6.45B and 6.73, specifying that, for transactions between floor brokers and market makers, the “initiator” of an order is the party responsible for ensuring that transactions are executed in accordance with open outcry priority… Continue Reading

SEC Approves Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On October 26, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission approved amendments to the FINRA rules governing communications with the public. The amendments revise the filing requirements in FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public) and Rule 2214 (Requirements for the Use of Investment Analysis Tools) and the content and… Continue Reading

SEC Approves FINRA’s Capital Acquisition Broker Rules

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Derivatives
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s new rules governing firms that meet the definition of “capital acquisition broker” (CAB) and elect to be governed by the new CAB rules. (The Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of January 8, 2016 summarized FINRA’s proposed CAB rules.)… Continue Reading

SEC Approves FINRA’s TRACE Amendments for CMO Transactions

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s amendments to its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) rules to provide for dissemination of transactions in collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), and to reduce the reporting time for CMO transactions. Specifically, FINRA will disseminate trade-by-trade information relative to CMO transactions valued under $1… Continue Reading

SEC Approves FINRA’s TRACE Amendments for US Treasury Securities

Posted in Broker-Dealer
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s amendments to its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) rules to provide for reporting of transactions in “US Treasury securities,” which includes all securities issued by the US Treasury Department, with the exception of savings bonds. As a consequence, the TRACE reporting requirements… Continue Reading

SEC Adopts Rules for Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Securities Clearing Agencies

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On September 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules enhancing standards for securities clearing agencies deemed systemically important or engaged in certain complex transactions (Covered Clearing Agencies). The SEC also proposed a rule that would subject other types of securities clearing agencies (including SEC-registered central counterparties) to the same standards.… Continue Reading

SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure

Posted in Broker-Dealer
On September 14, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech titled “Equity Market Structure in 2016 and for the Future” at the annual Security Traders Association Market Structure Conference in Washington, DC. Among the highlights from the speech, Chair White stated that: the proposal to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 to require… Continue Reading