Compliance Newsflash – May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017

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FINRA’s Newest One-Two Punch
On April 26, 2017, JD announced that the SEC approved: (1) new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults[1]) permitting members to place temporary holds on certain customer accounts where there is a reasonable belief of financial exploitation; and (2) amendment of FINRA Rule 4512 (Customer Account Information) requiring members to make reasonable efforts in obtaining the name of, and contact information for, a “trusted contact person” related to accounts held by senior and/or vulnerable investors. According to FINRA, the new “safe-harbor” was designed to “provide members with a way under FINRA rules to respond to situations in which they have a reasonable basis to believe that financial exploitation has occurred, is occurring, has been attempted, or will be attempted.”
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Senate confirms Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton to head SEC
On May 2, 2017, Business Insider announced that the Senate confirmed Jay Clayton, the Wall Street attorney chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The vote was 61-37 to give Clayton the job of running the independent agency that oversees Wall Street and the financial markets. Ten Democrats joined 51 Republicans in backing the nominee.
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