Series 53 — Municipal Securities Principal Qualification Exam

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The Solomon Series 53 Study Guide, written in clear easy-to-understand language, contains the information you need to know to pass your exam. Comprehensive and continually updated, the Solomon Series 53 Study Guide has helped thousands pass their exam. The Study Guide contains charts, graphs and practice questions, as well as a glossary of key terms.

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The Solomon Series 53 Study Guide, written in clear easy-to-understand language, contains the information you need to know to pass your exam. Comprehensive and continually updated, the Solomon Series 53 Study Guide has helped thousands pass their exam. The Study Guide contains charts, graphs and practice questions, as well as a glossary of key terms.

The Study Guide is available in your online Solomon account (this digital guide requires Internet connection and is not downloadable). If you would like a physical book, a hard copy upgrade is available(shipping & handling will apply) that contains the same content as the online edition in your Solomon account.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SERIES 53

How long should I prepare for this exam?

We recommend studying 60 hours over a four-week period.

What does a Series 53 license allow me to do?

The municipal securities principal bears primary responsibility for overseeing the municipal securities activities of a securities firm or bank dealer. In this capacity, a municipal securities principal MANAGES, DIRECTS or SUPERVISES one or more of the following activities:

  • underwriting of municipal securities;
  • trading of municipal securities;
  • buying or selling municipal securities from or to customers;
  • rendering of financial advisory or consultant services to issuers of municipal securities;
  • communications with customers about any of the above activities;
  • maintaining records on the above activities;
  • processing, clearing, and (in the case of securities firms) safekeeping of municipal securities; and
  • training of principals or representatives. 

*This information came directly from the MSRB Rules and Interpretations: http://www.msrb.org/Rules-and-Interpretations/~/media/Files/Prof-Qualifications/Series53_outline2006.ashx

Is my firm required to have a principal with a Series 53?

MSRB Rule G-3 requires that all brokers and dealers that conduct municipals securities business have at least two municipal securities principals (individuals who have passed the Series 53 exam). 

Exceptions to this rule include:

  • Dealers that are members of a registered securities association, such as FINRA, and conduct a general securities business; and  
  • Dealers (including bank dealers) having fewer than eleven full-time employees engaged in the performance of its municipal securities activities. 
These exceptions need to have at least one municipal securities principal.

For those firms whose municipal securities activities are limited exclusively to municipal fund securities, a municipal fund securities limited principal (Series 51) may be counted toward the numerical requirement of two municipal securities principals.

What score do I need to pass the exam?

70% (Please Note: Your score will be rounded down to the lowest whole number (e.g. 69.9% would be a final score of 69%--not a passing score for the Series 53 Exam).

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