25Jun/150
Exam Alert: FINRA Provides Guidance on Communications

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.

9Jun/150
Exam Alert: FINRA Revises Public, Non-public Arbitrator Standards

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.

10Mar/150
Testimonial Tuesday: March 10, 2015 Edition

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3Mar/150
Study Question of the Month – March

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 7, Series 24, Series 27, Series 62, Series 79, Series 82, and Series 99):

Jenny is an employee of a broker-dealer. She is a receptionist at the firm and is not a registered representative. She would like to purchase shares in an IPO that she has recently heard about at her office. Which of the following BEST describes her participation?

Answers:

A. Jenny may purchase shares of the IPO on the same basis as other customers.

B. Jenny is prohibited from purchasing shares of the IPO, but her spouse who she supports may purchase shares on the same basis as other customers.

C. Jenny may purchase shares of the IPO as long as the purchase quantity doesn't exceed 200 shares.

D. Jenny is prohibited from purchasing shares of the IPO.

Correct Answer: D. Jenny is prohibited from purchasing shares of the IPO.

Rationale: FINRA Rule 5130 - Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of Initial Equity Public Offerings - prohibits a member firm (broker/dealer) from selling shares of an IPO to an account in which a “restricted person“ has a beneficial interest, subject to certain limited exceptions. All employees of a broker-dealer are considered “restricted persons“ under the rule.

Congratulations! This month's winner is Alexandra K.

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6Jan/152
Study Question of the Month – January

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 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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3Nov/140
Study Question of the Month – November

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

 Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 6Series 7Series 62, Series 79 and Series 82): 

As the price of the underlying stock of a convertible debenture goes up:

I. The parity value of the bond increases.
II. The current yield of the bond goes up.
III. The parity value of the bond decreases.
IV. The current yield of the bond goes down.

Answers:

A. I and III

B. III and IV

C. II and III

D. I and IV

Correct Answer: D. I and IV

Rationale: With a fixed conversion schedule, the parity value of the bond increases along with the price of the underlying stock. Since the nominal yield of the bond is fixed, the current yield, expressed as a percent of the bond's price, goes down.

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21Oct/140
Testimonial Tuesday: October 21, 2014 Edition

"I've been using Solomon Exam Preparation materials for my last four Series tests: the Series 82, Series 63, Series 79 and just recently the Series 7.  My scores on these tests were 88, 90, 88 and 90.  The Solomon texts were comprehensive and easy to read; everything you need to know is in there.  But there is so much material that these exams cover that you have to read the texts several times over and take as many practice quizzes and tests as you can until you score in the mid 80's.  Then go in for the test.  That's what I did.  I went in scoring in the mid 80's on practice exams and "peaked" at higher scores while taking the actual tests.  You can't do any better than Solomon.  I highly recommend them."

-Michael McGregor, FOCUS Investment Banking, Charlotte, NC

 

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1Oct/142
Study Question of the Month – October

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

 Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 6Series 7Series 62Series 65, Series 66 and Series 82): 

The decimal equivalent of a basis point is:

Answers:

A. 0.01

B. 0.001

C. 0.0001

D. 0.00125

Correct Answer: C. 0.0001

Rationale: A basis point is one-hundredth of one percent, or .0001.

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30Sep/140
Testimonial Tuesday: September 30, 2014 Edition

"The people at Solomon Exam Prep were great - very helpful and the product was excellent. I passed my Series 82 with a 93 ~ Couldn't have done it without Solomon Exam Prep!"  -Terry McCrary, Seattle, WA

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27Aug/140
Study Question of the Week: August 27, 2014 Edition

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 7Series 24, Series 26, Series 55, Series 62Series 79, and Series 82): 

What is the maximum civil penalty that can be imposed on a firm when an employee engages in insider trading?

Answers:

A. The greater of $1,000,000, or three times the amount of the profit gained or loss avoided as a result of the violation

B. The lesser of $1,000,000, or three times the amount of the profit gained or loss avoided as a result of the violation

C. Three times the amount of the profit gained or loss avoided as a result of the violation

D. $0

Correct Answer: A. The greater of $1,000,000, or three times the amount of the profit gained or loss avoided as a result of the violation

Rationale: The maximum civil penalty that can be imposed on a firm when an employee engages in insider trading is the greater of $1,000,000, or three times the amount of the profit gained or loss avoided as a result of the violation.

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