FINRA Announces Takeover of Financial Background Checks for Member Firms

Posted on July 19th, 2018 at 4:06 PM
FINRA Announces Takeover of Financial Background Checks for Member Firms

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

FINRA has announced that effective this month, it will be responsible for the financial background checks that firms were required to conduct for the new brokers they register.

FINRA’s explanation for taking over background checks is to increase efficiency in the system by improving data quality for regulators and investors, and to lower firm compliance risks and costs. For instance, while firms were required to submit financial background checks on the information within 30 days of registering a new broker, FINRA asserts that it will turn around a financial background check within 15 days.

Overall, FINRA estimates that approximately $3 million a year will be saved for firms by avoiding the fees associated with background checks charged by vendors and late filing fees assessed by FINRA. However, FINRA points out that firms and brokers will still have a duty to keep their records up to date.

Most notably, FINRA’s takeover of financial background checks will likely lead to more discovery of failures of firm reporting, if it finds discrepancies or missing information as to what a broker reported to his new firm regarding bankruptcies, judgments or liens. Moreover, FINRA’s discovery of failures of firm reporting will thereby lead to more disciplinary inquiries.

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