On March 20, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 20-20 regarding recent amendments to FINRA Rule 5110 (Corporate Financing Rule – Underwriting Terms and Arrangements), which requires member firms participating in a public offering to file certain documents and information with FINRA regarding the underwriting terms arrangements.
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On February 20, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released a targeted examination letter requesting that certain member firms provide information related to their decision not to charge commissions for customer transactions and its impact on firms’ order routing practices and decisions. The letter requests details regarding the type of securities in which a firm effects customer transaction without a commission, the factors a firm considers in deciding whether or not to charge a commission, and other aspects of a firm’s business.
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On February 27, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 20-07, reminding member firms of their supervisory responsibilities with respect to supervise Uniform Transfers to Minors Act and Uniform Gifts to Minors Act accounts (collectively, UTMA/UGMA Accounts). UTMA/UGMA Accounts are custodial accounts that allow a donor to transfer funds, securities and other assets

On February 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a regulatory notice seeking comment on a proposal to implement recommendations of the Securities Industry/Regulatory Council on Continuing Education, enhancing the continuing education requirements for securities industry professionals.
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an Investor Alert regarding a new law raising the age for required minimum distributions (RMDs). A RMD is the amount an individual must take out of their traditional retirement savings plan to avoid tax penalties, once such an individual has reached the mandatory age for making withdrawals.
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On January 14, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 20-03 announcing that it had concluded its retrospective review of Rule 5250 (Payments for Market Making), which generally prohibits members from receiving payments for market making. Based on the review, FINRA has elected to maintain the rule without change.

Regulatory Notice 20-03 is