Study Question of the Week: November 20, 2013 Edition

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

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

Study ? of the Week

Question (Relevant to the Series 6Series 7, Series 24, Series 26Series 62, and Series 82)

Which regulation empowers the Federal Reserve to regulate credit associated with the purchase of securities?


A. The Exchange Act of 1934

B. The Securities Act of 1933

C. Regulation T

D. Regulation U

Correct Answer: A. The Exchange Act of 1934

Rationale: Section 7 of the Exchange Act of 1934 empowers the Federal Reserve to regulate credit associated with respect to the purchase of securities, also known as margin. Its intent is to manage the amount of speculative activity that can be applied to securities transactions and to manage the supply of money in the credit markets.The Federal Reserve responded to its new powers by enacting Regulation T, which places credit restrictions on broker-dealers by establishing initial margin requirements and prescribing how a margin transaction must be maintained. Initial margin requirements are currently set at 50%. Regulation T was soon followed in 1936 by Regulation U, which imposes credit restrictions on other lenders that would finance margin transactions, such as banks. Regulation U forbids banks from extending more credit than the “maximum loan value” for margin securities, which it identifies as 50% of the stock’s current market value.

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