FINRA Proposes to Add a BrokerCheck Alert on High-Risk Firms

Posted on June 15th, 2017 at 9:24 AM
FINRA Proposes to Add a BrokerCheck Alert on High-Risk Firms

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

FINRA’s board has proposed adding an “alert” to the BrokerCheck report of member firms that employ a large percentage of brokers who previously worked for high-risk firms. A firm is considered high-risk when it employs brokers who previously worked at firms expelled from the securities industry.

The purpose of FINRA’s proposal is to expose firms with suspect hiring practices to the same public disclosure warnings that are on individual brokers’ records if they were employed at firms with histories of broker fraud. FINRA has been aggressively marketing its BrokerCheck website as a safety check tool to retail investors. The proposal would require firms to record all broker conversations if they hire more than a specified percentage of brokers from firms that were expelled or had their registrations revoked for sales practice violations.

The proposal, like all FINRA rules, will require approval from the SEC.

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