Study Question of the Month – April 2016

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available! Relevant to the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 62, and 82. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available!

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Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 26, Series 62, and Series 82): Which of the following would most likely be classified as a branch office?

Answers: 

A. The floor of a registered exchange

B. A vacation home where the registered representative works for 45 business days a year

C. A customer service office where no sales activities are conducted

D. A location used primarily for non-securities activities and from which 25 securities transactions are effected a year

Correct Answer: B. A vacation home where the registered representative works for 45 business days a year

Rationale: A branch office is any location where one or more associated employees is in the business of soliciting or effecting (but not executing) the purchase or sale of any security.

A location outside of a primary residence, for example, a vacation home, is considered a non-branch location as long as it is used for securities business fewer than 30 business days per year.

The floor of a registered exchange is also considered a non-branch office if it is where a member firm conducts business with public customers.

Other examples of non-branch offices include:

  • Any location that is used primarily to engage in non-securities activities and from which the associated persons effect no more than 25 securities transactions in any one calendar year (provided that any retail communication identifying such location also sets forth the address and telephone number of the location from which the associated persons conducting business at the non-branch locations are directly supervised)
  • Any office location established solely for customer service and/or back office type functions where no sales activities are conducted

Congratulations to Alexa M. this month’s Study Question of the Month winner!

Study Question of the Month – March 2016

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available! Relevant to the Series 24 and 26. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

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Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 24 and Series 26):

Member firms that execute investment company transactions for their customers must transmit payments to underwriters, investment companies or their designated agents by the later of: the end of the _______business day after receiving a customer’s order or the end of _________ after receiving a customer’s payment for such shares.

Answers:

A. seventh, 3 business days

B. second, 1 business day

C. third, 1 business day

D. fifth, 3 business days

Correct Answer: C. third, 1 business day

Rationale: Member firms that execute investment company transactions for their customers must transmit payments to underwriters, investment companies or their designated agents by the later of: the end of the third business day after receiving a customer’s order or the end of 1 business day after receiving a customer’s payment for such shares.

Congratulations to Janet K. this month’s Study Question of the Month winner!

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Solomon Exam Prep Launches “Series 26 FINRA Investment Company and Variable Contract Products Principal Examination” Study Program

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Series 26 Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Principal Examination. Continue reading


prod_bkSEP26prod_sim26Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce the launch of the Solomon Exam Prep study program for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Series 26 Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Principal Examination (http://www.finra.org/industry/series26). Solomon Exam Prep’s study program consists of an Exam Study Guide, Online Exam Simulator, and soon-to-be-released Audiobook.

A Series 26 license will qualify an individual to function as a principal for the solicitation, purchase, and/or sale of redeemable securities of companies registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940; securities of closed-end companies registered pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940 during the period of original distribution only; and variable contracts and insurance premium funding programs and other contracts issued by an insurance company. The Series 26 does have a prerequisite exam requirement – candidates must have taken and passed either the Series 6 or Series 7 exam.

The Series 26 exam consists of 110 questions taken over 165 minutes and is broken down in to the following three functions:

  • Function 1 – Personnel management activities and registration of the broker-dealer – 15%
  • Function 2 – Supervises associated persons and oversees sales practices – 44%
  • Function 3 – Oversees compliance and business processes of the broker-dealer and its offices – 41%

Solomon Exam Prep has been writing study questions for the Series 26 for many years and has recently published an Exam Study Guide to pair with our Online Exam Simulator. By focusing on the most important aspects of the exam, and including lots of exercises and practice questions, as well as a glossary, the Solomon Exam Prep Study Guide will get you on track to pass in the Series 26 in no time.  Let our expertise help guide you through the Series 26 maze so you can enter the exam room with confidence.


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For more information and/ or to purchase study materials for the Series 26 check out the Solomon Exam Prep website: http://solomonexamprep.com/Series26.

Exam Alert: FINRA Provides Guidance on Communications

On May 22, 2015, FINRA issued guidance concerning communications with the public. Here are some notable points from the guidance… Continue reading

Exam Alert

On May 22, 2015, FINRA issued guidance concerning communications with the public. Here are some notable points from the guidance.

  • Non-promotional communications (i.e. communications that do not promote or recommend a specific product or service) do not need to be filed with FINRA
  • Electronic forum posts are considered retail communication, but are specifically excluded from filing requirements
  • Template updates do not need to be filed with FINRA if all that changed was statistical information
  • Various non-material changes to previously filed communications do not require refiling the communication
  • A reprinted article does not need to be filed with FINRA
  • Promotional items that only have the name of a mutual fund are not considered “advertisements” under Rule 482
  • If a firm includes mutual fund performance in a retail communication or correspondence, they must also include the fund’s expense ratio
  • Firm must file retail communications regarding registered business development companies
  • A Series 26 registration does not permit a principal to approve retail communications concerning a business development company. The principal must have a Series 24, Series 9/10, or Series 39 registration instead.

Sources:
Regulatory Notice 15-17: Guidance on Rules Governing Communications With the Public
FINRA Rule 2210 Questions and Answers

This alert applies to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 9/10, Series 24, Series 26, Series 39, Series 62, Series 82, and Series 99.

Exam Alert: FINRA Revises Public, Non-public Arbitrator Standards

Effective June 26, 2015, FINRA will alter its rules regarding who will be consider a public or non-public arbitrator. The change will make it so that any arbitrator who has worked in the financial industry for any period of time will be considered a non-public arbitrator. Also, arbitrators who represent investors or the financial industry as a significant part of their business will be considered non-public arbitrators, but may become public arbitrators after a cooling-off period. Continue reading

Exam AlertEffective June 26, 2015, FINRA will alter its rules regarding who will be considered a public or non-public arbitrator. The change will make it so that any arbitrator who has worked in the financial industry for any period of time will be considered a non-public arbitrator. Also, arbitrators who represent investors or the financial industry as a significant part of their business will be considered non-public arbitrators, but may become public arbitrators after a cooling-off period. The cooling-off period lasts five years if they were disqualified from being a public arbitrator based on their own actions. The cooling-off period lasts two years if they were disqualified from being a public arbitrator based on someone else’s actions.

Source: SEC Approves Amendments to Arbitration Codes to Revise the Definitions of Non-Public and Public Arbitrator

This alert applies to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 26, Series 27, Series 28, Series 62, Series 79, and Series 82.

Study Question of the Month – June

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 24, 26, 27, 28, 62, and 99. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

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Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 24Series 26Series 27, Series 28, Series 62, and Series 99):

Which of the following is true regarding lost and stolen security reporting requirements?

I. All reports of securities that have been lost for one business day should be reported to the Commission

II. All reports of lost securities in which there is a substantial belief that theft was involved should be reported to the Commission

III. All reports of lost or stolen securities should be reported promptly to the FBI

IV. All reports of lost securities in which there is a substantial belief that theft was involved should be reported to the FBI

Answers:

A. I and III

B. II and IV

C. I and IV

D. II and III

Correct Answer: B. II and IV

Rationale: All reports in which there is substantial belief that theft was involved should be reported to the Commission within one business day of such a discovery. In addition, when there is believed to be criminal activity involved, it should be reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Securities that have been lost for two business days should be reported to the Commission when criminal activity is not suspected.

Congratulations Roseann L., this month’s Study Question of the Month winner!

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Study Question of the Month – May

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, and 28. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

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Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 26, Series 27, and Series 28):

According to the Code of Arbitration, excluding claims alleging discrimination or sexual harassment, arbitration of disputes is mandatory for all of the following except:

Answers:

A. Disputes between two member firms

B. Disputes brought by member firms against customers, if required by contract

C. Disputes brought by member firms against customers for claims in excess of $25,000

D. Disputes brought by associated persons against customers, if the customer consents

Correct Answer: C. Disputes brought by member firms against customers for claims in excess of $25,000

Rationale: Arbitration of disputes involving customers is mandatory only if the customer consents to arbitration or if required by contract. Claims alleging discrimination or sexual harassment cannot be arbitrated, except by agreement of all disputing parties.

(No winner this month. There were no correct answers submitted. Try back next month!)

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Study Question of the Month – January

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Submit your answer for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card! Relevant to the Series 7, 24, 26, 27, 51, 52, 53, 62, 79, 82, 99. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

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 Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 7Series 24, Series 26, Series 27, Series 51, Series 52, Series 53Series 62Series 79, Series 82, Series 99) 

Jon and Jenny are married. They each have an individual account and they have a joint account owned by both of them. What is the combined maximum SIPC coverage for all their accounts?

Answers:

A. $500,000

B. $1,000,000

C. $1,500,000

D. $750,000

Correct Answer: C. $1,500,000

Rationale: SIPC covers a maximum of $500,000 per “separate customer” at a broker-dealer or clearing firm including up to $250,000 in cash.Total coverage can be higher for multiple accounts if the accounts are considered to be held by separate customers. There are five categories of separate customers defined by SIPC. These categories include 1) individual accounts, 2) joint accounts, 3) accounts held by executors, administrators, and guardians/custodians/conservators (such as UGMA accounts), 4) accounts held by corporations, partnerships, or unincorporated associations, and 5) trust accounts. Thus, two individual accounts held by two different people, and one joint account would be considered three separate customers by the SIPC, and therefore subject to a maximum of $1,500,000 of coverage.

Congratulations! This month’s winner is Abe B.

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Exam Alert: FINRA Allows Arbitrators to Make Mid-case Referrals in Cases of Serious Threats

Effective October 27, 2014, FINRA has revised its arbitration rules regarding when arbitrators may refer matters to FINRA for disciplinary investigation. Continue reading

Exam AlertEffective October 27, 2014, FINRA has revised its arbitration rules regarding when arbitrators may refer matters to FINRA for disciplinary investigation. Arbitrators may now make such referrals during an arbitration if they become aware of an issue that they believe poses a serious threat that will harm investors unless immediate action is taken. Previously, arbitrators could not make referrals until the conclusion of a case.

Source: Regulatory Notice 14-42: SEC Approves Amendments to the Arbitration Codes to Expand Arbitrators’ Authority to Make Referrals During an Arbitration Proceeding

This alert applies to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 24, Series 26, Series 62, Series 79, and Series 82.