Thursday, October 28, 2010
FINRA requests comment on a concept proposal to require broker-dealers to provide a disclosure statement for retail investors before commencing a business relationship with them. As conceived by FINRA staff, a possible new rule proposal would require a firm, at or prior to commencing a business relationship with a retail customer, to provide to the customer a written statement that sets forth the types of brokerage accounts and services the firm provides to retail customers and the conflicts associated with such services. A “retail customer” would mean a customer that does not qualify as an institutional account under NASD Rule 3110(c)(4), essentially entities and natural persons with total assets of less than $50 million. The comment period expires December 27, 2010.