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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.
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If you’ve ever traded securities or studied for a securities licensing exam, then you’ve probably come across T+3. No, it’s not an herbal supplement or an embarrassing medical procedure. Continue reading
If you’ve ever traded securities or studied for a securities licensing exam, then you’ve probably come across T+3. No, it’s not an herbal supplement or an embarrassing medical procedure. T+3 refers to the regular-way settlement period for most securities transactions. This means that securities must be paid for and delivered by three business days from the trade date. T+3 also means you don’t become the owner of record of a security until three business days after you purchase it.
Well, add T+3 to the list of things that have gone out of style. Effective May 30, 2017, the SEC will shorten the regular-way settlement period to two business days. And so will begin the age of T+2, which is intended to “increase efficiency and reduce risk for market participants,” according to SEC Acting Chairman Michael Pinowar.
This shorter settlement period for the trading of secondary market securities has been discussed by the SEC for years. The change is expected to lower margin requirements for clearing agency members, reduce liquidity stress when markets are volatile, and harmonize settlement with European markets, which moved to T+2 in 2014.
This settlement period will not apply to every securities transaction, though. T+2, like T+3 before it, will apply to:
- Municipal securities
- Exchange-traded funds
- Mutual funds traded through a brokerage firm
- Unit investment trusts
- Limited partnerships that trade on an exchange
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The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule has been subject to more back and forth than an Olympic table tennis match. Will it go into effect? Will it be repealed? Or will it merely be delayed? The answer seems to change from day to day. Continue reading
Update: On March 1, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed a 60-day delay of implementation of the fiduciary rule. The DOL will allow a 15-day comment period before determining whether to finalize the delay.
The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule has been subject to more back and forth than an Olympic table tennis match. Will it go into effect? Will it be repealed? Or will it merely be delayed? The answer seems to change from day to day. While some groups work toward implementation of the rule, other groups fight against it, questioning whether the Department of Labor even has the authority to issue such a rule.
The fiduciary rule would require financial professionals to put an investor’s interests first—that is, to meet a fiduciary duty—when providing investment advice regarding covered retirement plans.
Let’s look at a brief timeline of the life of the fiduciary rule so far:
February 23, 2015: President Obama called for the Department of Labor to move forward with the creation of rules to limit conflicts of interest regarding investor retirement accounts.
April 14, 2016: The Department of Labor proposed the fiduciary rule, intended to begin implementation on April 10, 2017.
February 3, 2017: President Trump issues an executive order directing the DOL to review the fiduciary rule.
February 8, 2017: A federal district court judge in Texas upheld the Department of Labor’s authority to issue the fiduciary rule.
February 17, 2017: A federal district court judge in Kansas upheld the Department of Labor’s authority to issue the fiduciary rule.
When President Trump issued his executive order, he ordered the Secretary of Labor to provide an “economic and legal analysis” of the rule to answer the following questions:
- Will it reduce investors’ access to a variety of retirement services, offerings, product structures, or other information or advice?
- Has it disrupted the retirement services industry in a way that could harm investors?
- Is it likely to increase the amount of litigation in the industry and thereby cause an increase in prices for investors?
If the Secretary of Labor determines that the answer to any of these questions is yes, it must revise or rescind the rule.
However, many firms are proceeding with their plans to implement the fiduciary rule whether or not the rule as it now exists goes into effect. For example, Merrill Lynch has said it will no longer offer commission-based brokerage IRA accounts. Instead, the firm will offer level fee investment advisory services regardless of the outcome of the fiduciary rule.
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts reached out to over thirty leading finance companies, and the overall response from the companies that responded was that they support the fiduciary rule and are prepared to implement it. For example, TIAA wrote, “Putting our clients’ best interests first is a core value at TIAA and, accordingly, we support a best-interest standard,” and Fidelity noted that the firm is “fully prepared to comply with the rule if and when it becomes applicable.”
So even though we don’t know what will be the ultimate fate of the DOL fiduciary rule, it’s safe to say that it has already begun to change the face of the financial industry.
For more information about the DOL fiduciary rule, see our earlier blogpost: https://solomonexamprep.com/news/finra/ready-or-not-here-it-comes-the-dol-fiduciary-rule-2/.
Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce that PreLicense.com has chosen to partner with Solomon Exam Prep to provide an online study program for the Series 6 and Series 63 qualification exams. Continue reading
Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce that PreLicense.com has chosen to partner with Solomon Exam Prep to provide an online study program for the Series 6 and Series 63 qualification exams. PreLicense.com’s new Series 6 and Series 63 courses include the Solomon study guide,
practice quizzes, and full-length practice tests.
“We are honored that PreLicense.com has chosen Solomon Exam Prep to partner as their securities exam prep partner,” said Jeremy Solomon, co-founder of Solomon Exam Prep. “A securities exam is not just a regulatory requirement, it’s also an important learning experience. We look forward to educating many more individuals through this exciting partnership.”
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Nigel is a successful agent of a Canadian broker-dealer in Manitoba. The firm he works for has no offices in the U.S., and he has no interest in moving to the U.S. One of his biggest clients, Beatrice, is in temporary residence in Minnesota settling her mother’s estate. Nigel wants to keep Beatrice as a client but he is not registered in the U.S. and doesn’t know if he can continue to work with Beatrice under the current situation. What is your advice?
A. Nigel needs to bite the bullet and move to the U.S. where he can register in Minnesota and continue to transact business for Beatrice, including possibly reinvesting any proceeds of her mother’s estate.
B. Nigel cannot continue to transact business for Beatrice, since he is not registered in Minnesota and does not want to move to the U.S.
C. Nigel can transact business for Beatrice without problems. Canada and the U.S. have a reciprocity agreement that allows such international business relationships.
D. Nigel can transact business for Beatrice after he obtains a limited registration in Minnesota.
Answer: D. If the Canadian firm does not have offices in the U.S. state (which it does not), and the client is from Canada and is temporarily in that state (which Beatrice is), and had a relationship with the Canadian broker-dealer before entering the state (which Beatrice did), then an agent or broker-dealer may use a limited registration. Nigel has a good many hoops to jump through to get that limited registration, but because Beatrice is a big client, you would advise him to do so.
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