Exam Alert: FINRA members prohibited from keeping assets at certain non-member institutions

On February 1, 2011, FINRA Rule 4160, Verification of Assets, was put into effect. This rule states that if the following conditions are true: Continue reading

On February 1, 2011, FINRA Rule 4160, Verification of Assets, was put into effect.  This rule states that if the following conditions are true:

1. A member keeps assets or records at a non-member institution,

2. FINRA has asked the non-member institution to verify what assets or records are being kept for the member, and

3. The non-member fails to promptly provide verification,

Then FINRA will notify the member that they are prohibited from keeping assets and records with the non-member.

http://www.finra.org/Industry/Regulation/Notices/2010/P122526

Exam Alert: Private advisers must register with the SEC

Effective July 21, 2011, investment advisers to most private funds (hedge funds and private equity funds) must register with the SEC. Previously, these Continue reading

Effective July 21, 2011, investment advisers to most private funds (hedge funds and private equity funds) must register with the SEC.  Previously, these advisers had been exempt due to the “private adviser”” exemption.  The Dodd-Frank Act replaces this exemption with narrower exemptions for certain advisers, including advisers that exclusively advise venture capital funds and private fund advisers with less than $150 million in assets under management in the United States.

http://www.sec.gov/spotlight/dodd-frank/hedgefundadvisers.shtml

Exam Alert: FINRA to hold broker-dealers to a higher standard of customer care

Effective October 7, 2011, broker-dealers must adhere to stricter know-your-customer and suitability standards than before. The new rules require Continue reading

Effective October 7, 2011, broker-dealers must adhere to stricter know-your-customer and suitability standards than before.  The new rules require that consideration be given to a customer’s age, investment experience, time horizon, liquidity needs and risk tolerance, in addition to factors that were already required to be considered (other holdings, financial situation and needs, tax status and investment objectives).  These new requirements are similar to the fiduciary standard used by investment advisers. Relevant to the Series 7, Series 66, Series 24, Series 62 and Series 79 exam.

http://www.finra.org/Industry/Regulation/Notices/2011/P122779

Exam Alert: NASAA develops list of “Best Practices”

A 2010 NASAA review of broker-dealers found that the three most common compliance problem areas were failure to follow supervisory policy, Continue reading

A 2010 NASAA review of broker-dealers found that the three most common compliance problem areas were failure to follow supervisory policy, advertising and sales literature, and suitability issues. NASAA developed a list of ten best practices and released them in October of 2010.  The recommendations focus on suitability, exception reports, supervisory procedures, and communications.  Relevant to Series 6, Series 7, Series 63, Series 65, Series 66, Series 24, Series 26, Series 62 and Series 79. The list can be found here: http://www.nasaa.org/NASAA_Newsroom/Current_NASAA_Headlines/13382.cfm.

Exam Alert: Outside business activities require prior notice

Effective December 15, 2010, registered persons must provide prior written notice to their member firms before engaging in Continue reading

Effective December 15, 2010, registered persons must provide prior written notice to their member firms before engaging in outside business activities.  The previous rule only required registered persons to provide prompt written notice.  The new rule also requires that firms review the proposed activities.  For registered persons who were engaged in outside business activities as of December 15, 2010, firms have until June 15, 2011 to review such activities. Relevant to: Series 7, Series 6, Series 24, Series 26, Series 79, Series 62.

http://www.finra.org/Industry/Regulation/Notices/2010/P122271

Exam Alert: FINRA investigations require encrypted information

As of December 29, 2010, when providing information for a FINRA investigation via a portable media device, the information must be encrypted. This includes Continue reading

As of December 29, 2010, when providing information for a FINRA investigation via a portable media device, the information must be encrypted.  This includes information on flash drives, CDs, laptop computers, and other digital storage devices.  The encryption must meet industry standards for strong encryption and the encryption key must be provided to FINRA staff in a communication (email, fax, or letter) separate from the information. Relevant to: Series 6, Series 24, Series 26, Series 79, Series 62.

Solomon Exam Prep Publishes New 2010 Audio Guides for the Series 6, Series 63 and Series 65 Exams

According to a 2009 Northwestern University study published in the journal SCIENCE, listening to audio can deepen and strengthen memory and Continue reading

According to a 2009 Northwestern University study published in the journal SCIENCE, listening to audio can deepen and strengthen memory and learning – even when one is sleeping.  

Solomon Exam Prep is excited to announce publication of new and fully updated 2010 editions of our bestselling PASS THE 6, PASS THE 63 and PASS THE 65 audio training guides for the FINRA Series 6 exam and the NASAA Series 63 and 65 exams.

A happy customer wrote: “Thanks to Linda’s lively voice, I learned the material quickly and passed the Series 65 with flying colors. The humor is great. It was fun to listen while driving, and it was easy to absorb the information—just like being taught by an entertaining young professor!”

Linda Franklin is the voice of Solomon Exam Prep and reads all of our audio books. Listen to an excerpt of the Series 65 audio book here:

Does her voice sound familiar to you? If you’ve ever called our office, you’ve probably spoken with Linda since she also answers the phone around here!

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