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MSRB Rule A·14 (Annual Fee)

MSRB Rule A-14 In addition to any other fees prescribed by the rules of the Board, requires each broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, and municipal advisor shall pay an annual fee to the Board of $500, with respect to each fiscal year of the Board in which the broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, or municipal … Continue reading MSRB Rule A·14 (Annual Fee)

SEC Approves Amendments to MSRB Rule G-26 on Customer Account Transfers

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 27, 2017, to amend MSRB G-26, on customer account transfers, to modernize the rule and promote a uniform customer account transfer standard for all brokers, dealers, municipal securities brokers and municipal securities dealers (collectively, “dealers”). The amendments will … Continue reading SEC Approves Amendments to MSRB Rule G-26 on Customer Account Transfers

MSRB Update of Primary Contact Information (MSRB G-40)

MSRB Rule G-40 requires all municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors with an MSRB account to update their primary contact information or affirm that the information is correct within 17 business days after the end of each calendar year. In addition to this annual requirement, MSRB Rule G-40 requires municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors … Continue reading MSRB Update of Primary Contact Information (MSRB G-40)

MSRB Fees to Increase for Municipal Advisors

In support of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (“MSRB”) ongoing efforts to more fairly and equitably assess fees among regulated entities, the MSRB has filed a rule amendment to MSRB Rule A-11, on assessments for municipal advisor professionals, to increase the annual municipal advisor professional fee to $500 from $300, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). … Continue reading MSRB Fees to Increase for Municipal Advisors

MSRB Webinar: Municipal Advisor Solicitor Guidance

During this free webinar, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) staff will discuss the recently published guidance on the application of MSRB rules to solicitor municipal advisors. Under the MSRB’s mandate to protect municipal entities and obligated persons, the MSRB has developed a core regulatory framework for all municipal advisors. The solicitor guidance comprehensively summarizes that … Continue reading MSRB Webinar: Municipal Advisor Solicitor Guidance

MSRB Webinar: Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 Exam)

During this free webinar, staff of the MSRB and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will review the standards of professional qualification for municipal advisors and discuss the enrollment process for taking the MSRB’s Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50). For municipal advisor firms that have yet to enroll an associated person to take … Continue reading MSRB Webinar: Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 Exam)

MSRB Rule A•14 (Annual Fee)

MSRB Rule A-14 In addition to any other fees prescribed by the rules of the Board, requires each broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, and municipal advisor shall pay an annual fee to the Board of $500, with respect to each fiscal year of the Board in which the broker, dealer, municipal securities dealer, or municipal … Continue reading MSRB Rule A•14 (Annual Fee)

MSRB Revises Content for Municipal Advisor Qualification Examination

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise the content outline for the Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50). The content outline for the Series 50 has been amended to reflect changes to the laws, rules and regulations covered by the examination … Continue reading MSRB Revises Content for Municipal Advisor Qualification Examination

MSRB Webinar: Application of MSRB Rule G-37 on Political Contributions and Prohibitions

MSRB Webinar: Application of MSRB Rule G-37 on Political Contributions and Prohibitions on Municipal Advisory Business to Municipal Advisors, and Related Amendments to MSRB Rules G-8 and G-9. During this free webinar, MSRB staff will review the new key provisions of MSRB Rule G-37 that extend requirements to municipal advisors related to their political contributions and … Continue reading MSRB Webinar: Application of MSRB Rule G-37 on Political Contributions and Prohibitions

MSRB to Raise Annual and Initial Fees

The MSRB’s current fee for initial registration under Rule A-12 is $100, an amount that has not been changed since its inception in 1975. During its fee review, the MSRB Board concluded that an increase in the initial registration fee from $100 to $1,000 was reasonable to help defray a significant portion of the administrative and operational costs associated with processing an initial registration.

Effective Date of MSRB Fee Increase

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced in Regulatory Notice 2015-13 that it will be raising the fees assessed to its registrants (brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers (collectively “dealers”) and municipal advisors (collectively “regulated entities”), effective October 1, 2015.

MSRB Seeks Approval to Amend Gifts Rule

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has filed a Notice of Rule Change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to apply the limitations on business-related gift-giving that currently applies to Municipal Securities Dealers to Municipal Advisors.  The proposed amendments to MSRB Rule G-20 aim to address conflicts of interest that may arise from the giving of gifts … Continue reading MSRB Seeks Approval to Amend Gifts Rule

MSRB to Raise Annual and Initial Fees

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced in Regulatory Notice 2015-13 that it will be raising the fees assessed to its registrants (brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers (collectively “dealers”) and municipal advisors (collectively “regulated entities”), effective October 1, 2015.  These fees are as follows:  Rule A-11 (municipal advisor professional fee); Rule A-12 (initial and … Continue reading MSRB to Raise Annual and Initial Fees

FINRA Issues Guidance Relating to Firm Short Positions & Fails-to-Receive in Municipal Securities

FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 15-27 to remind firms engaging in municipal securities transactions that their written supervisory procedures should identify the process for detecting, resolving and preventing the consequences of firm short positions and fails-to-receive in municipal securities, as well as the controls for ensuring that communications with customers regarding municipal securities transactions, including the tax status of interest payments, … Continue reading FINRA Issues Guidance Relating to Firm Short Positions & Fails-to-Receive in Municipal Securities

MSRB and Municipal Forum of New York Education and Outreach Seminar

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the Municipal Forum of New York will host an education and outreach seminar on July 28, 2015 from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Marriott New York Downtown, Grand Ball Room, 85 West Street, New York, NY. A reception will follow. The event will highlight the municipal market’s past, present and … Continue reading MSRB and Municipal Forum of New York Education and Outreach Seminar

Comment Period Ends for MSRB Requests on Alternative Standard of Independence for Investor Representative on its Board

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) is requesting comment on a proposal to modify the application of the standard of independence for the one public member of its Board of Directors designated to be representative of institutional or retail investors in municipal securities. Comments should be submitted to the MSRB no later than July 13, 2015. … Continue reading Comment Period Ends for MSRB Requests on Alternative Standard of Independence for Investor Representative on its Board

MSRB Requests Comments on Alternative Standard of Independence for Investor Representative on its Board

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) is requesting comment on a proposal to modify the application of the standard of independence for the one public member of its Board of Directors designated to be representative of institutional or retail investors in municipal securities. Comments should be submitted to the MSRB no later than July 13, 2015. … Continue reading MSRB Requests Comments on Alternative Standard of Independence for Investor Representative on its Board

Quarterly GASB Accounting Support Fee Due

FINRA Regulatory Notice 15-12 reflects that  FINRA established an accounting support fee (GASB Accounting Support Fee) to adequately fund the annual budget of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The GASB Accounting Support Fee is collected on a quarterly basis from member firms that report trades to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Each member … Continue reading Quarterly GASB Accounting Support Fee Due

MSRB Publishes Updates on Annual Financial Disclosures

Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has released an update to its 2013 report on how many days after the end of the fiscal year that issuers of municipal securities and other obligated persons make their annual financial information available to the public. Timing of typical financial disclosures remained largely unchanged year … Continue reading MSRB Publishes Updates on Annual Financial Disclosures

Regulatory Notice: Effective Date for Changes to Qualification Examination Fees

In FINRA Notice to Members 15-08 , FINRA noted that it regularly conducts a comprehensive review of the examination fee structure, including an analysis of the costs associated with developing, administering and delivering each examination, so that FINRA may better understand whether pricing changes are warranted and evaluate the financial condition of each qualification examination … Continue reading Regulatory Notice: Effective Date for Changes to Qualification Examination Fees