Series 6 Live Class

Are you currently studying for the Series 6? Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a two-day Series 6 class at our office in Portland, Oregon for $299! Continue reading

Are you currently studying for the Series 6?

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a two-day Series 6 class at our office in Portland, Oregon for $299!

The class will be held on Monday, March 19th and Tuesday, March 20th. Taught by one of our instructors, this live, in-person class will cover the major topics of the Series 6. This class will include a study schedule and PowerPoint slides from the instructor.

Interested? Give us a call (503-601-0212) or send us an email (info@solomonexamprep.com) and we will save you a spot.

Full payment must be received by March 14th, so don’t wait!

March Study Question of the Month

Submit your answer to info@solomonexamprep.com to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. Continue reading

Submit your answer to info@solomonexamprep.com to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Question

Relevant to the Series 65 and Series 66.

 

 

 

 

 

Tammy analyzes the history of trading volume on the stock of company XYZ. She believes she finds a pattern which will predict an increase in the stock price of XYZ. Tammy plans to make trades using her strategy to make a profit. Tammy:

A. believes in the strong form of the efficient market hypothesis

B. believes in the weak form of the efficient market hypothesis

C. believes in the semistrong form of the efficient market hypothesis

D. does not believe in any form of the efficient market hypothesis

Answer: D. By thinking she can profit on information she discovered by examining the historical trading volume of XYZ stock, Tammy does not believe in any form of the efficient market hypothesis (EMH), which in general asserts that all available information is already reflected in a stock’s price. The weak form of the EMH asserts that a stock’s price already reflects all information that can be derived from market trading data, such as historical trading volume. The semistrong form asserts that all market trading data and all other publicly available information on the company, such as earnings reports, is reflected in a stock’s price. The strong form asserts all historical data and all company information – both publicly available and privately known only to insiders- is reflected in a stock’s price.

Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults: New Tools for Firms, Courtesy of FINRA

On February 5th, FINRA officially adopted a pair of new provisions designed to empower firms to identify and assist elderly and disabled customers who may be victims of financial exploitation. Continue reading

On February 5th, FINRA officially adopted a pair of new provisions designed to empower firms to identify and assist elderly and disabled customers who may be victims of financial exploitation. One amends the rules around collecting customer information, and the other lets a firm take action in response to unusual account activity.

These changes could soon show up on multiple exams, including the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 65, 66, and of course the upcoming SIE exam.

The “Trusted Contact Person”

In your future career in securities, you may have an elderly or disabled customer who begins making decisions that don’t appear to be in his best interest. Maybe you can’t get ahold of him to ask about unusual transactions on his account. But if the transactions appear to be legally authorized by the customer, is there anything you can do about your suspicions?

Yes. These new rule changes help you help this customer in two ways. First, you’re more likely to have someone close to the customer who you can reach out to. From now on, when a firm collects or updates a customer’s personal information it must try to get the name and contact information of a trusted contact person. The firm has a limited ability to share information with the trusted contact person to address certain situations that may indicate that the customer is vulnerable.

For example, if the firm can’t contact the customer, it could ask the trusted contact person about her whereabouts. Depending on the situation, this could be as simple as confirming that the contact information you have for the customer is still accurate. If the firm reasonably suspects a more serious problem, it can also ask questions to help determine whether poor health may be interfering with the customer’s ability to protect her own interests. In this type of situation, the firm can also ask for information about any legal guardian or power of attorney the customer might have.

Temporary Protective Holds

The other new provision lets a member firm put a temporary hold on an account if there is a reasonable belief that an elderly or disabled customer is being exploited. This type of hold can be placed if the following conditions are met:

  • One of the individuals authorized to transact business on the account is:
    • At least 65 years of age
    • At least 18 years of age and has a mental or physical condition that keeps him from protecting his own interests
  • The member firm has a reasonable belief that the customer may be the victim of financial exploitation.
  • If the reasonable belief only applies to certain transactions (as opposed to all activity on the account), only those transactions should be blocked. Other account activity should continue to be allowed.

The member firm does not need definite knowledge of a specific, diagnosed disability, or any other kind of detailed medical information about the customer. The condition doesn’t even have to be permanent. A customer temporarily hospitalized for surgery could fit the definition, as long as there is reason to believe this is keeping her from being able to protect her own interests.

Financial exploitation is defined broadly for these purposes. Such exploitation can consist of “taking, withholding, appropriation, or use” of assets in the customer’s account, whether cash or securities. The reasonable belief can be in regard to past, present, or future exploitation. It can involve unusual actions that the customer supposedly took, or it can involve actions taken by someone else “through the use of a power of attorney, guardianship, or any other authority.” It can involve suspicion of intimidation, trickery, a combination of the two, or any other form of “undue influence” over the vulnerable person.

Required Follow-Up

When this kind of temporary hold is placed on an account, the firm must follow up in several ways. The firm has two business days to notify all parties authorized to transact business on the affected account, as well as the customer’s trusted contact person. If the firm has a reasonable belief that an individual is involved in the exploitation, that individual is excluded from the notification requirement, even if it is the trusted contact person. The notification must disclose the temporary hold and the reason for it.

Another way that the firm must follow up is with an internal review of what the reasonable belief of exploitation was based on. This review must be opened as soon as the hold is placed. It is important that the review be completed promptly, because it may affect the length of the hold.

Initially, the temporary hold may be placed for up to 15 business days. The firm is allowed to grant an extension of up to 10 more business days, but only if the internal review is completed and finds that the belief was in fact reasonable. (On the other hand, if the internal review finds that the belief was not reasonable, the hold would likely be ended immediately.)

The member firm can extend the hold further if a court or state agency (such as Adult Protective Services) orders or requests it. A request from a state agency need not be formal. It could be as simple as the agency asking for an extended hold to give them more time to investigate. Such a request should be carefully documented so that the firm can show that the extension is allowed.

Each member firm must have written procedures specifying who within the firm is authorized to place, remove, or extend this kind of hold. Only an associated person whose job function is supervisory, legal, or compliance-related can be authorized to place this kind of hold. All records related to such a hold must be retained for the default period of six years.

Continue to rely on Solomon Exam Prep for up-to-date information of interest to takers of the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 65, 66, SIE, and other securities exams.

 

Series 63 Live Class

Are you currently studying for the Series 63? Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a one-day Series 63 class in Portland, Oregon for $99! Continue reading

Are you currently studying for the Series 63?

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a one-day Series 63 class in Portland, Oregon for $99!

The class will be held on Tuesday, February 27th. Taught by one of our instructors, this live, in-person class will cover the major topics of the Series 63. This class will include a study schedule and PowerPoint slides from the instructor.

Interested? Give us a call (503-601-0212) or send us an email and we will save you a spot.

Full payment must be received by February 20th, so don’t wait!

Series 6 Live Class

Are you currently studying for the Series 6? Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a two-day Series 6 class at our office in Portland, Oregon for $299! Continue reading

Are you currently studying for the Series 6?

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to host a two-day Series 6 class at our office in Portland, Oregon for $299! The class will be held on Monday, February 5th and Tuesday, February 6th. Taught by one of our instructors, this live, in-person class will cover the major topics of the Series 6. This class will include a study schedule and PowerPoint slides from the instructor.

Interested? Give us a call (503-601-0212) or send us an email (carson@solomonexamprep.com) and we will save you a spot.

Full payment must be received by January 31st, so don’t wait!

FAQs for the Securities Industry Essentials Exam (SIE)

Do you know what is going to be on the SIE exam? What about if you’re already registered, will you have to take the SIE? Here are the most up-to-date answers for all your SIE questions. Continue reading

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When will the SIE exam begin?
October 1, 2018

What is the SIE exam going to test?
FINRA states that the SIE will test fundamental securities-related knowledge, including knowledge of basic products, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. It will also test securities industry rules and regulations.

Will I need to be employed by a broker-dealer in order to take the SIE?
No, unlike current FINRA licensing exams, you will not need to have a job with a broker-dealer in order to take the SIE exam.

Will a minor be permitted to take the SIE?
No, you will have to be at least 18 years old to take the SIE.

For how long will a passing score on the SIE be valid?
Four years from the date you pass the SIE.

How many questions will there be on the SIE exam?
75

How much time will I have to take the exam?
105 minutes

If I fail the SIE, will I be permitted to retake the exam?
Yes, if you fail the SIE, you will be permitted to retake it, but you will have to wait 30 days. FINRA is maintaining its 30/30/180 day rule with respect to the SIE. This means that if you fail the SIE you must wait 30 days to retest. However, if you’re unlucky enough to fail it three times, as with other securities exams, you will have to wait 180 days to take it again. This same 30/30/180 day rule will apply to the specialized representative-level exams (the so-called “top-off” exams).

If I pass the SIE, will I be permitted to take the SIE exam again, just for fun?
FINRA says no. Killjoys.

Will SIE test-takers receive their scores?
Unlike current licensing exams, FINRA has indicated that it will provide SIE test-takers with pass/fail information only. However, there has been discussion about providing those who fail the SIE with additional information about their results.

If I am already registered, will I have to take the SIE?
If you are a registered representative before October 1, 2018, and you maintain your registration on or after October 1, 2018, FINRA will credit you with the SIE.

What if I was once a registered representative but my registration lapsed, will I have to take the SIE if I want to get back in the securities industry?
If your registration terminated between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2018, provided you re-register as a representative within four years from the date of your last registration, then you will not have to take the SIE. In other words, after two years outside the securities industry if you want to become registered again you will have to retake a representative-level qualification exam (the so-called top-off exams) such as the Series 6 or the Series 7.

What if my registration lapsed or terminated before October 1, 2014?
In order to get re-registered, you will have to pass the SIE and any relevant top-off exam, such as the Series 6 or Series 7.

If I am registered in an exam license that is being retired by FINRA — such as the Series 11, Series 62, Series 42 or Series 72 – will I have to take the SIE exam if I leave the industry?
Not if you leave the industry and return within two years.

What if I want to become a municipal securities representative? Is the SIE relevant?
The MSRB has indicated that it plans to coordinate its licensing exams with the new SIE, so after October 2018 it’s likely that in order to become a Municipal Securities Representative you will need to first take the SIE and then a revised “top-off” version of the Series 52 exam.

If I pass the SIE, will I become a “registered representative?”
No, in order to be registered for a particular function, you must pass the SIE and then get hired by a broker-dealer and then pass a representative-level qualifying exam, such as the Series 6 or Series 7.

Will it be possible to take the SIE and a representative-level exam on the same day?
Yes, as long as you reserve time at a testing center for both exams on the same day.

Will it be easier to pass the SIE and the revised representative level (top-off) qualification exam than it will be to pass the current representative-level exam?
Unclear. A lot depends on whether you’d rather take one longer test or two shorter ones. If you’d prefer to take one longer test, you should take your exams before October 1, 2018. After October 1, 2018, in terms of number of questions, some representative-level qualification categories will require more testing and some will require less testing. See the table in the PDF for detail.

Who offers the best SIE study materials and where can I get them?
Go to Solomon Exam Prep or call 503-601-0212.

Where should I go to schedule my exam?
Prometric.

Will the 120-day “exam window” still apply to the SIE?
Yes, FINRA will continue its system of giving test-takers a 120-day exam window during which you will be able to take the SIE.

How much will it cost to take the SIE?
FINRA has not published a price yet.

If I am an employer and I work for a broker-dealer, will I be able to find out whether a job candidate or any individual passed the SIE?
Yes, according to FINRA, broker-dealers will be able to confirm via Web CRD whether someone passed the SIE.

Have more questions? Visit our SIE page!