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SEC Approves Rule to Regulate Debt Research Reports and Debt Research Analysts

Background - Eight years in the making, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA's) proposed Rule 2242 (the Rule or Rule 2242), which will...more

SEC Approves Long-Anticipated FINRA Research Rules

New FINRA Rule 2241 consolidates and expands upon legacy NASD and NYSE rules to address equity research analyst activities, equity research reports, and conflicts of interest relating to equity research analysts. New FINRA...more

OCC’s Updated Guidance on Retail Nondeposit Investment Products

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently released an updated and substantially revised section of its Comptroller’s Handbook titled “Retail Nondeposit Investment Products” (the Booklet). The Booklet...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Materiality Consultations

The Overview addresses, among other things, categories of information and other factors that firms should consider when assessing materiality of prospective business initiatives....more

2/25/2015  /  Broker-Dealer , Brokers , FINRA , NASD

SEC and FINRA Publish Materials Addressing Cybersecurity

Twin reports provide a roadmap to best practices. U.S. financial markets and participants, much like other segments of the U.S. economy, are prime targets for technological hacks, intrusions, and breaches that can occur...more

Challenges in Requiring High-Frequency Traders to Register as Dealers

SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined a broad market structure proposal that would require high-frequency traders to register with the SEC as dealers and that could signal the end of the dealer-trader distinction....more

SEC Proposes Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Certain Registered Clearing Agencies

The proposal is consistent with international recommendations and Basel III criteria. On March 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules and rule amendments (the Proposal) that would enhance...more

SEC Issues FAQs on Financial Responsibility Rules

The guidance addresses expense arrangements, buy-in procedures, free credit balances, sweep programs, and bulk transfers, among other things. On March 6, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued...more

SEC Issues Relief from Certain Financial Responsibility Rule Requirements

In two separate letters, the SEC staff addresses operational concerns raised by broker-dealers in connection with sweep program authorizations and the use of certain nonaffiliated U.S. branches of foreign banks....more

FINRA and SEC to Focus on IRA Rollover Practices in 2014

Financial institutions should prepare for increased regulatory scrutiny. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their examination priorities...more

2/7/2014  /  FINRA , IRA Rollovers , SEC

SEC Provides No-Action Relief for M&A Brokers

SEC staff action may head off congressional action to exempt M&A Brokers from registration. On February 3, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter that permits an M&A broker...more

Temporary Exemption from Certain SEC Financial Responsibility Rules Amendments

The limited exemption will provide broker-dealers with more time to make necessary operational or systems changes. On October 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order providing a temporary...more

SEC Amends Financial Responsibility Rules for Broker-Dealers

Amendments impact many aspects of broker-dealers' back-office operations and will require changes to a number of existing practices. On July 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to the...more

SEC Provides Relief for Familiarization Activities of Foreign Options Markets

The no-action relief provided by the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets is generally consistent with the relief previously provided to foreign options markets. On July 1, the staff of the Securities and...more

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