In a move to align the regulatory requirements with current technology, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently filed a proposed rule change with the SEC regarding the utilization of electronic signatures. The proposed rule will permit the use of electronic signatures consistent with the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN Act) … Continue reading Use of Electronic Signatures Proposed in FINRA Rule Amendment
The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has approved a proposed amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a) of the Exchange Act of 1934 to shorten the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions from three business days after the trade date (T+3) to two business days after the trade date (T+2). The proposed amendment is designed to … Continue reading SEC Proposes Rule Amendment to Shorten Settlement Cycle to T+2
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
The comment period ends on August 24, 2015 for a FINRA proposal to reduce the delay period for the Historic TRACE Data Sets from 18 months to six months. For more information, see Regulatory Notice 15-24.
FINRA has requested comments on a revised proposal to adopt the NASD and Incorporated NYSE rules regarding discretionary accounts and transactions as FINRA Rule 3260 (Discretionary Accounts and Transactions by Persons Other Than the Customer) in the consolidated FINRA rule book. In addition,he revised proposal addresses the treatment of customers’ free credit balances, sweep programs, … Continue reading Comment Period Ends: FINRA Request for Revised Proposal to Adopt FINRA Rule Regarding Discretionary Accounts and Transactions
The SEC requested comments on a proposal to amend NASD Rule 1032(f) (Limited Representative-Equity Trader) to replace the Equity Trader registration category and qualification examination (Series 55) with a Securities Trader registration category and qualification examination (Series 57). In addition, the proposal amends NASD Rule 1022(a) (General Securities Principal) to establish a Securities Trader Principal registration category. The proposal also makes technical conforming changes to the Form U4 (Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer).
The SEC requested comments on a proposal to amend FINRA Rule Series 9100, 9200, 9300, 9550 and 9800 to (1) modify the evidentiary standard that must be met to impose a temporary cease and desist order; (2) adopt a new expedited proceeding for repeated failures to comply with temporary or permanent cease and desist orders; (3) ease administrative burdens in temporary cease and desist proceedings; (4) harmonize the provisions governing how documents are served in temporary cease and desist proceedings and expedited proceedings; (5) clarify the process for issuing permanent cease and desist orders; and (6) make conforming changes throughout FINRA’s Code of Procedure.