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FINRA Provides The Blueprint For Monitoring Outside Business Activities

Posted in Disciplinary Process, Disclosure, Enforcement, FINRA, Outside business activities
Outside business activities are in the news. In Reg Notice 17-20, FINRA announced that it was seeking comments in an effort to learn whether or not the existing rules governing OBAs are effective.  (The comment period is open until late June, so if you have strong feelings on the subject, now is the time to… Continue Reading

Not So Naked And Not So Afraid: FINRA’s New Compensation Rule Does Not Require Brokers To Bare All (Financially) When Changing Firms

Posted in Compensation, Compliance, Disclosure, FINRA, Hiring practices, Rule 2272
Two years ago, FINRA first proposed to the SEC a rule that would require brokers to disclose to clients not only when they receive compensation (including signing bonuses and other payments) to switch from one broker-dealer to another, but, worse, the amount of that compensation. The industry was seriously not pleased with the rule.  FINRA,… Continue Reading

NASAA’s Model Fee Disclosure Template: Welcome, Regulators, To My World, Where Customers Read Nothing, But Without Consequences

Posted in Arbitration, Disclosure, Fees, FINRA, NASAA
Yesterday, NASAA released a Model Fee Disclosure Template for broker-dealers, urging firms voluntarily to adopt the model as a means of clearly disclosing to customers and prospective customers the types and amounts of various miscellaneous fees that BDs ordinarily charge their customers. Working with FINRA, SIFMA, the FSI, LPL Financial LLC, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney… Continue Reading
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