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The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

4/15/2016 - Algorithmic Trading Associated Persons FINRA NASD Registration Requirement SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 14

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Expansion of Supplement Schedule for Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items - On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-11...more

4/11/2016 - CFTC Corporate Governance EU Exchange-Traded Products FDIC Filing Requirements FINRA Guidance Update MiFIR Natural Gas Remuneration Swaps UCITS V

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 13

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Proposes Amendment to Transactions in Exchange-Traded Managed Fund Shares Rule - On March 29, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a...more

4/4/2016 - Derivatives ESMA EU EU Market Abuse Regulation (EU MAR) Exchange-Traded Products FINRA

FINRA Requests Information Regarding Firm Culture and Values

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting firms to submit information regarding their organizational culture and how those values impact business decisions. FINRA’s 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities...more

3/1/2016 - Broker-Dealer Corporate Culture FINRA

FINRA Files Proposed Rule Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a proposed rule change that would require the registration of associated persons of FINRA member firms who are...more

2/19/2016 - Algorithmic Trading FINRA NASD Proposed Regulation Registration Requirement

FINRA Regulatory Notice Regarding Private Placements and Public Offerings Subject to a Contingency

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s review of various securities offering documents revealed instances in which broker-dealers have not complied with Securities Exchange Act Rules 10b-9 and 15c2-4 requirements...more

2/16/2016 - Broker-Dealer FINRA Offering Documents Private Placements Public Offerings

FINRA Issues Notice on the Application of the Mark-Up Rule to Exempted Government Securities Transactions

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-03, which discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of amendments to FINRA Rule 0150 (Application of Rules to Exempted Securities...more

1/26/2016 - FINRA Issuer Exemption SEC U.S. Treasury

FINRA’s 2016 Regulatory and Examination Priorities

On January 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released its Regulatory Examination Priorities Letter, which identified its three main areas of focus for the year: (1) Culture, Conflicts of Interest and Ethics; (2)...more

1/12/2016 - Conflicts of Interest Examination Priorities FINRA Internal Controls Risk Management Supervision

Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change To Adopt the Capital Acquisition Broker Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposal to create a set of rules for FINRA member firms that meet the definition of “capital acquisition broker” (CAB)...more

1/12/2016 - Comment Period FINRA M&A Brokers Proposed Regulation SEC

FINRA Issues Notice on Member Website References and Hyperlinks to BrokerCheck

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-50, which discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public). The amendments...more

12/15/2015 - BrokerCheck Disclosure Requirements FINRA Retail Investors SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 47

SEC/CORPORATE - FAST Act Legislation and Impact on Securities Law - On December 4, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). This transportation bill includes...more

12/14/2015 - AIFMD CFTC Cybersecurity Disclosure Requirements Emerging Growth Companies ESMA EU FINRA Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) SEC

SEC Approves Changes To Reduce the Waiting Period for the Release of Information Reported on Form U5 Through BrokerCheck

Effective as of December 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a change to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Rule 8312 (FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure) to reduce the waiting period from 15 to three...more

12/8/2015 - BrokerCheck FINRA SEC Waiting Periods

FINRA Issues Guidance on Best Execution Obligations in Equity, Options and Fixed Income Markets

In light of the increasing use of automated markets for equity securities and standardized options, and recent advances in trading technology and communications in the fixed income markets, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

12/8/2015 - FINRA Fixed Income Investments New Guidance Stock Options

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 46

SEC/CORPORATE - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2016 - Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis, two leading proxy advisory firms, recently published their 2016 proxy voting...more

12/7/2015 - Banking Sector Broker-Dealer CFTC EU FINRA MiFID II OCC Overboarding Proxy Voting Guidelines SEC Shareholder Proposals Waiting Periods

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly coming from the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2013, more than 700,000 investors have...more

11/17/2015 - FINRA Fraud Alerts IRS Tax Scams

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 44

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Issues Investor Alert Regarding IRS Phone Scam - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued an Investor Alert warning investors about a phone scam involving phone calls allegedly...more

11/16/2015 - CPOs EU FFIEC FINRA Form PQR Internal Investigations Major Swap Participants MiFID II Risk Management Tax Scams UK Volcker Rule

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice requesting comment to revisions on a proposed rule that would enhance information disclosure standards for retail-size customer trades of corporate and...more

10/20/2015 - Bonds Corporate Bonds Debt Securities Disclosure Requirements FINRA Government Bonds Proposed Regulation

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice...more

10/19/2015 - AIFM AIFMD Broker-Dealer CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Debt Securities Disclosure Requirements Dividends EU European Commission Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Investment Funds NFA No-Action Relief OCC Proposed Regulation Swaps Withholding Tax

FINRA Proposes Rule Governing Personal Securities Transactions of Associated Persons

On July 31, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt FINRA Rule 3210 (Accounts At Other Broker-Dealers and Financial Institutions) in the...more

8/11/2015 - Associated Persons Broker-Dealer Financial Institutions FINRA NASD NYSE Proposed Regulation SEC

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 30

SEC Finalizes Rule on Pay Ratio Disclosure - On August 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final rule regarding pay ratio disclosure that amends Item 402 of Regulation S-K to implement Section 953(b)...more

8/10/2015 - Broker-Dealer Derivatives Clearing Organizations Disclosure Requirements ESMA EU FINRA Greece NASD Pay Ratio Proxy Access Rule Regulation S-K SEC UK

FINRA Proposes Changes to the Reporting Requirements for TRACE-Eligible Securities

On July 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed to amend FINRA Rule 6730 (Transaction Reporting) to require member firms to report transactions in eligible securities that are subject to dissemination to the...more

7/15/2015 - Broker-Dealer Electronic Trading FINRA Investment Adviser Policies and Procedures Proposed Amendments Reporting Requirements TRACE

FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary Accounts and Transactions Rule

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting comment on a revised proposal to consolidate and clarify certain National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange rules into new FINRA...more

7/15/2015 - Broker-Dealer Business Associates Comment Period FINRA NASD NYSE Proposed Amendments

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 26

In this issue: - SEC Seeks Comment on Possible Enhancement of Audit Committee Disclosures - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Executive Compensation Clawbacks - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Discretionary...more

7/13/2015 - Audit Committee CFTC Clawbacks Cross-Border Enforcement Actions ESMA FINRA Futures Greece Hong Kong Margin Requirements MiFID II SEC Swaps

FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Rule to Require Delivery of an Educational Communication to Customers of a Transferring...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently issued Regulatory Notice 15-19 to solicit comments on a proposed rule that would require member firms that hire or associate with a registered representative (recruiting...more

6/17/2015 - Broker-Dealer Financial Institutions Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA

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