What is tested on the series 24 exam

General Securities Principal Qualification Examination (Series 24)

Content Outline

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INTRODUCTION The Series 24 exam is the General Securities Principal Qualification Examination. The exam is developed and maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). This content outline provides a comprehensive guide to the topics covered on the General Securities Principal Qualification Examination (Series 24). The outline is intended to familiarize exam candidates with the range of subjects covered on the exam, as well as the depth of knowledge required. Sample items are also included to acquaint candidates with the types of multiple-choice items used on the exam. It is recommended that candidates refer to the content outline as part of their preparation to take the exam. Candidates are responsible for planning their course of study in preparation for the exam.

PURPOSE OF THE EXAM The Series 24 exam is designed to assess the competency of entry-level General Securities Principals. It is intended to safeguard the investing public by helping to ensure that General Securities Principals are competent to perform their jobs. Given this purpose, the Series 24 exam seeks to measure the degree to which each candidate possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the critical functions of a General Securities Principal. For more information about the permissible activities of a General Securities Principal, please see NASD Rule 1022, which is viewable in the FINRA Rule Manual through the following link: www.finra.org.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS The candidate must be associated with and sponsored by a FINRA member firm to be eligible to take the Series 24 exam. In order to register in this category, candidates must first qualify as a General Securities Representative (Series 7), United Kingdom Module of Series 7 (Series 17), Canada Module of Series 7 (Series 37 or 38), Corporate Securities Limited Representative (Series 62), Limited Representative— Investment Banking (Series 79), or Limited Representative—Private Securities Offerings (Series 82). For more information on eligibility requirements, please see NASD Rule 1021, which is viewable in the FINRA Rule Manual through the following link: www.finra.org.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES The FINRA member firm that sponsors the applicant must file a Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer (Form U4) in the Central Registration Depository (CRD®) and request the General Securities Principal position (GP) on the Form U4.

STRUCTURE OF THE EXAM The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice items, which are distributed among the five major content areas listed in the table below. Job Functions and Number of Items by Job Function Job Functions   Number of Items Function 1   Supervision of Registration of the Broker-Dealer and Personnel Management Activities   9 Function 2   Supervision of General Broker-Dealer Activities   45 Function 3   Supervision of Retail and Institutional Customer- Related Activities   32 Function 4   Supervision of Trading and Market Making Activities   32 Function 5   Supervision of Investment Banking and Research   32 Total   150

DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE CONTENT OUTLINE AND EXAM The Series 24 Content Outline was developed based on the results of a job analysis study of General Securities Principals. The job analysis process included collecting data about the job functions, tasks and required knowledge of General Securities Principals from a wide variety of firms using numerous data collection techniques, including a survey. Under the guidance of FINRA staff, a committee of industry representatives (“the Committee”) writes, reviews and validates all exam items to ensure and sustain the job relevance of the exam. Exam items are subject to multiple reviews prior to inclusion on the exam, and each item links directly to a component of the content outline. Items vary in difficulty and complexity. Each item has only one correct or best answer. The bank of items changes frequently as a result of amendments to, or the introduction of, government and self-regulatory organization (SRO) rules and regulations, changes in industry practice, and the introduction of new products. Exam items and their statistical performance are analyzed routinely by FINRA staff and the Committee to ensure relevance to the functions of General Securities Principals. Candidates are responsible for keeping abreast of changes made to the applicable rules and regulations as the exam is updated when new rules are introduced and when the rules are amended.

ADMINISTRATION OF THE EXAM The exam is administered via computer. A tutorial on how to take the exam via computer is provided prior the exam. Each candidate’s exam includes 10 additional, unidentified pretest items that do not contribute toward the candidate’s score. The 10 items are randomly distributed throughout the exam. Therefore, each candidate’s exam consists of a total of 160 items (150 scored and 10 unscored). Each scored item is worth

one point. There is no penalty for guessing. Therefore, candidates should attempt to answer all items. Candidates will be allowed 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete the exam. The test administrator will provide scratch paper and basic electronic calculators to candidates, who must return these materials to the test center administrator at the end of the testing session. Some exam items may involve calculations. Only calculators provided by the test center administrators are allowed for use during the exam. Candidates are not permitted to bring any reference material to their testing session. Severe penalties are imposed on candidates who cheat or attempt to cheat on FINRA-administered exams.

HOW THE EXAM IS SCORED The passing score for the exam is the minimum number of items that a candidate has to answer correctly in order to pass the exam. Using a standard-setting procedure, FINRA staff, in consultation with the Committee, establishes the passing score for the exam. The passing score is an absolute standard and is independent of the performance of candidates taking the exam. The passing score for this exam is 70%.

CANDIDATES’ EXAM RESULTS On the day of the exam, candidates will receive a report of their exam results both on screen and in paper format at the end of their exam session. The score report will indicate pass/fail status and a score profile indicating performance based on each major content area covered on the exam. It is recommended that candidates who fail the exam review the information provided on the score report, as they may want to focus on the areas on which they performed poorly when preparing to retake the exam. For security reasons, the exam and individual items are not available for review after taking the exam.

SERIES 24 CONTENT OUTLINE

FUNCTION 1—Supervision of Registration of the Broker-Dealer and Personnel Management Activities

1.1   Initiate or terminate the registration of the broker-dealer and physical office locations in the Central Registration Depository (CRD) System by filing, updating or amending appropriate documents KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Difference between SEC, SRO and state requirements, including information about registration requirements and exemptions •  Form BD, Form BDW, Form BR •  Difference between Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and Broker-Dealers (BD) and required registrations

FINRA By-Laws Article IV—Membership Section 1—Application for Membership Section 3—Executive Representative Section 5—Resignation of Members Section 6—Retention of Jurisdiction Section 7—Transfer and Termination of Membership Section 8—Registration of Branch Offices

FINRA Rules 3110—Supervision 3110(e)—Definitions

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations 1010 Series/311, 312, 313, 321 and 403—Membership Proceedings

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3(a)(4)—Broker Section 3(a)(5)—Dealer Section 15—Registration and Regulation of Brokers and Dealers Section 15(a)(1) Rule 15a-6—Exemption of Certain Foreign Brokers or Dealers Section 15(b)(1) Rule 15b1-1—Application for Registration of Brokers or Dealers Section 15(b)(2)(A) Rule 15b1-3—Registration of Successor to Registered Broker or Dealer Section 15(b)(8) Rule 15b3-1—Amendments to Application Section 15(b)(4)—Sanctions Against Brokers or Dealers

Section 15(b)(5) Rule 15b6-1—Withdrawal from Registration Section 15(b)(6)—Sanctions For Persons Associated with a Broker or Dealer Section 15(c)(1) Rule 15c1-3—Misrepresentation by Brokers, Dealers and Municipal Securities Dealers as to Registration Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-4(d)

Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Section 202(a)(11)

Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (SIPA) Section 3(a)(2)(A)—Members of SIPC 1.2   Conduct hiring and registration of associated persons and maintenance of registration KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Prehire requirements based on background, disciplinary, complaint or financial history and the registration/affiliation •  Associated person registration requirements •  SEC, SRO and state requirements, including basic information about registration requirements •  Requirements for heightened supervision •  Forms U4 and U5 and required amendments •  Types of activities of associated or registered persons •  Regulatory element and firm element continuing education requirements

FINRA By–Laws Article I—Definitions Paragraph (rr) Article III—Qualifications of Members and Associated Persons Section 1—Persons Eligible to Become Members and Associated Persons of Members Section 2—Authority of Board to Adopt Qualification Requirements Section 3—Ineligibility of Certain Persons for Membership or Association Section 4—Definition of Disqualification Article V—Registered Representatives and Associated Persons Section 1—Qualification Requirements Section 2—Application for Registration Section 3—Notification by Member to the Corporation and Associated Person of Termination; Amendments to Notification Section 4—Retention of Jurisdiction

FINRA Rules 1010—Electronic Filing Requirements for Uniform Forms 1122—Filing of Misleading Information as to Membership or Registration

1230(b)(6)—Operations Professional 1250—Continuing Education Requirements 2263—Arbitration Disclosure to Associated Persons Signing or Acknowledging Form U4 8311—Effect of a Suspension, Revocation, Cancellation, or Bar 9500 Series—Other Proceedings

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations IM-1000-2 /345(a)/03—Status of Persons Serving in the Armed Forces of the U.S. IM-1000-3—Failure to Register Personnel 1020 Series—Registration of Principals 1030 Series/345.10—Registration of Representatives 1041—Registration Requirements for Assistant Representatives 1042—Restrictions for Assistant Representatives 1043—Proctors of In-Firm Delivery of Regulatory Element 1050/344—Registration of Research Analysts 1060(a)—Persons Exempt from Registration 1070—Qualification Examinations and Waiver of Requirements 1080—Confidentiality of Examinations 1100—Foreign Associates 1150—Executive Representative 3010(e)—Qualifications Investigated

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3(a)(39) Section 15(b)(7) Rule 15b7-1—Compliance with Qualification Requirements of Self-Regulatory Organizations Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(12) Rule 17a-3(a)(13) Rule 17a-3(a)(15) Rule 17f-2—Fingerprinting of Security Industry Personnel Section 15A(g)(2) Rule 19h-1—Notice by a Self-Regulatory Organization of Proposed Admission to or Continuance in Membership or Participation or Association with a Member of Any Person Subject to a Statutory Disqualification, and Applications to the Commission for Relief Therefrom

FUNCTION 2—Supervision of General Broker-Dealer Activities

2.1   Develop, implement and update firm’s policies, written supervisory procedures (WSP) and controls for applicable rules and regulations; and implement appropriate monitoring and testing

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Requirement to conduct periodic inspections and reviews of activities of personnel located at the Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJ), branch offices and associated office locations •  Appropriate testing of the firm’s procedures and controls including the CEO Certification •  Business and regulatory requirements for firm’s systems and technologies •  Requirement that all activities and systems have proper controls •  Requirements to implement and test the firm’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) FINRA Rules 3110—Supervision 3110.12—Standards for Reasonable Review 3120—Supervisory Control System 3130—Annual Certification of Compliance and Supervisory Processes 4370—Business Continuity Plans and Emergency Contact Information 8110—Availability of Manual to Customers

NASD Rules 1160—Contact Information Requirements

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(b)(2)(C) Rule 15b2-2—Inspection of Newly Registered Brokers and Dealers Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(22) Rule 17a-4(e)(7) 2.2   Supervise the conduct of associated persons KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Regulatory requirements to manage conflicts of interests •  Regulatory requirements related to personal trading, private securities transactions and outside business and other activities FINRA Rules 2010—Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade 2020—Use of Manipulative, Deceptive or Other Fraudulent Devices 2060—Use of Information Obtained in a Fiduciary Capacity 2150—Improper Use of Customers’ Securities or Funds; Prohibition Against Guarantees and Sharing in Accounts

2320—Variable Contracts of an Insurance Company 3110(d)—Transaction Review and Investigation 3240—Borrowing From or Lending to Customer 3270—Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons 5210.01—Publication of Transactions and Quotations – Manipulative and Deceptive Quotations

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations 2830—Investment Company Securities 3040—Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person 3050/407—Transactions for or by Associated Persons

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 9 (a) and (e)—Prohibitions Against Manipulation of Security Prices Section 10—Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices Rule 10b-1—Prohibition of Use of Manipulative or Deceptive Devices or Contrivances With Respect to Securities Exempted from Registration Rule 10b-3—Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices by Brokers or Dealers Rule 10b-5—Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive   Devices Rule 10b5-1—Trading “On the Basis Of” Material Nonpublic Information in Insider Trading Cases Rule 10b5-2—Duties of Trust or Confidence in Misappropriation Insider Trading Cases Rule 10b-17—Untimely Announcements of Record Dates Rule 10b-18—Purchases of Certain Equity Securities by the Issuer and Others Section 15(c)(1) Rule 15c1-1—Definitions Rule 15c1-2—Fraud and Misrepresentation Section 15(g) Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(1) Section 20A—Liability to Contemporaneous Traders for Insider Trading Section 21—Investigations; Injunctions and Prosecution of Offenses Section 21A—Civil Penalties for Insider Trading Section 32—Penalties 2.3   Supervise compensation practices of member, associated persons and other parties KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Networking arrangements •  Payments for referrals •  Cash and non-cash compensation arrangements •  Gifts

FINRA Rules 2320(g)—Member Compensation 3160—Networking Arrangements Between Members and Financial Institutions 3220—Influencing or Rewarding Employees of Others

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations 353—Rebates and Compensation 345(a)(i)/01—Compensation to Non–Registered Persons 345(a)(i)/02—Compensation Paid for Advisory Solicitations 1060(b)—Persons Exempt from Registration

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3(a)(4)(B)—Exception for Certain Bank Activities Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(19)

2.4   Supervise the development, evaluation and delivery of products and services offered by the broker-dealer

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Products and their risk characteristics and appropriate accounts •  Industry initiatives, developments, new and existing rules •  Requirements to train associated persons concerning products and services Requirements to conduct due diligence on new products and services and continue risk assessment of existing products and services •  Ongoing risk assessment of listing products and services

FINRA Rules 2111.05(a)—Components of Suitability Obligations 2310—Direct Participation Programs 2320—Variable Contracts of an Insurance Company 2330—Members’ Responsibilities Regarding Deferred Variable Annuities 3110—Supervision 3120—Supervisory Control System

NASD Rules 1014(a)(9) 1017—Application for Approval of Change in Ownership, Control, or Business Operations 2830—Investment Company Securities

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3—Definitions and Application of Title Section 3(a)(10)—Security Section 3(a)(11)—Equity Security Rule 3a11-1—Definition of the Term “Equity Security” Section 3(a)(12)—Exempted Security Rule 3b-5—Non-Exempt Securities Issued Under Governmental   Obligations

Securities Act of 1933 Section 3(b)—Additional Exemptions Regulation A—Conditional Small Issues Exemption Section 4(2) Transactions by an Issuer Not Involving Any Public Offerings Section 4(6) Transactions Involving Offers or Sale by an Issuer Solely to One or More Accredited Investors Up To the Section 3(b) Maximum Rule 144—Persons deemed Not To Be Engaged in a Distribution and Therefore Not Underwriters

Investment Company Act of 1940 Section 2—Definitions Section 3—Definition of Investment Company Section 4—Classification of Investment Company Section 5—Sub-Classification of Management Companies Section 8—Registration of Investment Companies Section 8(b)—Filing Requirements for Investment Companies Form N-1A—Registration Statement of Open-End Management Investment Companies Section 11—Offers of Exchange Section 12—Functions and Activities of Investment Companies Rule 12b-1—Distribution of Shares by Registered Open-End Management Investment Company Section 13—Changes in Investment Policy Section 19—Payments or Distributions Rule 19a-1—Written Statement to Accompany Dividend Payments by Management Companies Rule 19b-1—Frequency of Distribution of Capital Gains Section 22—Distribution, Redemption, and Repurchase of Redeemable Securities Section 22(c)—Regulation of Underwriters and Dealers by Commission Rule 22c-1—Pricing of Redeemable Securities for Distribution, Redemption and Repurchase Section 22(d)—Persons To and Through Whom Redeemable Securities May be Sold Rule 22d-1—Exemption from Section 22(d) to Permit Sales of Redeemable Securities at Prices Which Reflect Sales Loads Set Pursuant to a Schedule Rule 22d-2—Exemption from Section 22(d) for Certain Registered Separate Accounts Section 22(e)—Suspension of Rights of Redemption Rule 22e-1—Exemption from Section 22(e) During Annuity Payment Period of Variable Annuity Contracts Participating in Certain Registered Separate Accounts Section 23—Distribution and Repurchase of Securities: Closed-End Companies Section 35—Unlawful Representations and Names Section 37—Larceny and Embezzlement

Trust Indenture Act of 1939 Section 305—Securities Required To Be Registered Under Securities Act Section 306—Securities Not Registered Under Securities Act Section 307—Qualification of Indentures Covering Securities Not Required To Be Registered Section 309—When Qualification Becomes Effective; Effect of Qualification

2.5   Take disciplinary or corrective actions relating to the conduct of associated persons; address regulatory actions regarding violations or potential violations of securities industry laws, rules and regulations; and address customer and industry disputes

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Proper handling and resolution of customer and industry disputes •  FINRA and SEC disciplinary processes •  Reporting requirements for customer complaints and other events

FINRA Rules 2080—Obtaining an Order of Expungement of Customer Dispute Information from the Central Registration Depository (CRD)  System 4513—Records of Written Customer Complaints 4530—Reporting Requirements 8000 Series—Investigations and Sanctions 8120—Definitions 8210—Provision of Information and Testimony and Inspection and Copying of Books 8310—Sanctions for Violation of the Rules 8312—FINRA BrokerCheck Disclosure 8320—Payment of Fines, Other Monetary Sanctions, or Costs; Summary Action for Failure to Pay 9000 Series—Code of Procedure 9110—Application 9120—Definitions 9130—Service; Filing of Papers 9140—Proceedings 9210—Complaint and Answer 9230—Appointment of Hearing Panel, Extended Hearing Panel 9250—Discovery 9260—Hearing and Decision 9310—Appeal to or Review by National Adjudicatory Council 9350—Discretionary Review by FINRA Board 9370—Application to SEC for Review 12000 and 13000 Series—Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer/Industry Disputes Part I—Interpretive Material, Definitions, Organization and   Authority IM-12000 and IM-13000—Failure to Act Under Provisions of Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer/Industry Disputes 12105 and 13105—Agreement of the Parties 13200—Required Arbitration Part II—General Arbitration Rules 12200—Arbitration Under an Arbitration Agreement or the Rules of FINRA 12201—Elective Arbitration Part VIII—Simplified Arbitration and Default Proceedings 12800 and 13800—Simplified Arbitration 12801 and 13801—Default Proceedings 14000 Series—Code of Mediation Procedure 14104—Mediation Under the Code 14105—Effect of Mediation on Arbitration Proceedings 14109—Mediation Ground Rules

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(18) Rule 17a-4(e)(6) Rule 17a-4(j)

2.6   Develop and maintain policies, procedures and controls relating to the creation and retention of books and records

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Record retention requirements •  Electronic records storage requirements

FINRA Rules 3170—Tape Recording of Registered Persons by Certain Firms 4510 Series—Book and Records Requirements 4511—General Requirements 4570—Custodian of Books and Records

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(21) Rules 17a-3(g) and 17a-3(h)(1) Rule 17a-4(b)(7) Rule 17a-4(f) Rule 17a-4(g) Rule 17a-4(i) Rule 17a-4(l) Rule 17a-7—Records of Nonresident Brokers and Dealers

2.7   Supervise compliance with financial responsibility requirements and funding and cash management

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Reporting requirements of firm capital condition •  Requirements to segregate customer securities and funds •  Requirement to report short interest •  Introducing and clearing arrangements •  SEC requirements for extensions of credit and related disclosure

FINRA Rules 2261—Disclosure of Financial Condition 4120—Regulatory Notification and Business Curtailment 4160—Verification of Assets 4210—Margin Requirements 4220—Daily Record of Required Margin

4230—Required Submission for Extension of Time under Regulation T and SEC Rule 15c3-3 4240—Margin Requirements for Credit Default Swaps 4311—Carrying Agreements 4330—Customer Protection—Permissible Use of Customers’ Securities 4340—Callable Securities 4360—Fidelity Bonds 4560—Short-Interest Reporting 6274 and 6350A/B—Clearance and Settlement

NASD Rules 1090—Foreign Members 3150—Reporting Requirements for Clearing Firms

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3(a)(12) Rule 3a12-9—Exemption of Certain Direct Participation Program Securities From the Arranging Provisions of Sections 7(c) and 11(d)(1) Section 1—Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices Rule 10b-16—Disclosure of Credit Terms in Margin Transactions Section 8—Restrictions on Borrowing by Members, Brokers and Dealers Rule 8c-1—Hypothecation of Customers’  Securities Section 11(d)(1)—Extension of Credit Rule 11d1-1—Exemption of Certain Securities from Section 11(d)(1) Rule 11d1-2—Exemption From Section 11(d)(1) For Certain Investment Company Securities Held by Broker–Dealers as Collateral in Margin Accounts Rule 15c1-9—Use of Pro Forma Balance Sheets Section 15(c)(2) Rule 15c2-1—Hypothecation of Customers’ Securities Appendix D—Satisfactory Subordination Agreements Rule 15c2-5—Disclosure and Other Requirements When Extending or Arranging Credit in Certain Transactions Section 15(c)(3) Rule 15c3-1—Net Capital Requirements for Brokers or Dealers Rule 15c3-2—Customers’ Free Credit Balances Rule 15c3-3—Customer Protection—Reserves and Custody of   Securities Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(11) Rule 17a-3(a)(14) Rule 17a-4(b)(2) Rule 17a-4(b)(3) Rule 17a-4(b)(5) Rule 17a-4(b)(8) Rule 17a-5—Reports To Be Made by Certain Brokers and Dealers Rule 17a-11—Notification Provisions for Brokers and Dealers Rule 17f-1—Requirements for Reporting and Inquiry With Respect to Missing, Lost, Counterfeit or Stolen Securities

Federal Reserve Board Regulation T—Credit by Brokers and Dealers

Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (SIPA) Section 3—Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) Section 5—Protection of Customers Section 9—SIPC Advances Section 14—Prohibited Acts

Sarbanes—Oxley Section 404—Management Assessment of Internal Controls

FUNCTION 3—Supervision of Retail and Institutional Customer-Related   Activities

3.1   Supervise new account opening and ongoing maintenance of existing accounts

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Requirement to obtain specified customer information •  Requirement to verify that accounts comply with Customer Identification Program (CIP) •  Bank Secrecy Act and USA PATRIOT Act •  Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) •  Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) •  Anti–Money Laundering regulations •  Asset transfer processes •  Required documentation for account changes •  Privacy of customer information •  Detect, prevent and mitigate identity theft

FINRA Rules 2010—Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade 2140—Interfering With the Transfer of Customer Accounts in the Context of Employment Disputes 3250—Designation of Accounts 3310—Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program Supplementary Material .1   Independent Testing Requirements .2   Review of Anti–Money Laundering Compliance Person Information 4512—Customer Account Information 11870—Customer Account Transfer Contracts

NASD Rules 2340—Customer Account Statements

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(9) Rule 17a-3(a)(17) Rule 17a-4(c) Rule 17a-4(e)(8) Rule 17a-8—Financial Recordkeeping and Reporting of Currency and Foreign Transactions SEC Regulation S-P—Privacy of Consumer Financial Information and Safeguarding Personal Information

Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACT Act) FTC Red Flags Rule

3.2   Monitor, review and approve speaking engagements and other communications with the public

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Social media and electronic communications guidelines •  Differences among research, retail and institutional communications and correspondence •  Various approval and filing requirements •  “Do Not Call” list requirements

FINRA Rules 2210—Communications with the Public 2212—Use of Investment Companies Rankings in Retail Communications 2213—Requirements for the Use of Bond Mutual Fund Volatility Ratings 2214—Requirements for the Use of Investment Analysis Tools 2216—Communications with the Public about Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs) 3170—Tape Recording of Registered Persons by Certain Firms 3230—Telemarketing 5230—Payments Involving Publications that Influence the Market Price of a Security

NASD Rules IM-2210-2—Communications with the Public about Variable Life Insurance and Variable Annuities

Securities Act of 1933 Section 10(b) Rule 482—Advertising by an Investment Company as Satisfying Requirements of Section 10 Section 17(a) Rule 156—Investment Company Sales Literature

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(20) Rule 17a-4(b)(4)

Investment Company Act of 1940 Section 34(b) Rule 34b-1—Sales Literature Deemed To Be Misleading

Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (SIPA) Section 15(d)—Advertising

3.3   Review securities transactions, recommendations and account activity, and verify that required disclosures are made

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Suitability requirements

•  Requirement to recognize red flags, investigate and escalate potential issues •  Commission and markup regulations •  Requirements to provide disclosures concerning products, risks, services, costs and fees

FINRA Rules 2090—Know Your Customer 2111—Suitability 2114—Recommendations to Customers in OTC Equity Securities 2121—Fair Prices and Commissions 2124—Net Transactions with Customers 2130—Approval Procedures for Day-Trading Accounts 2232—Customer Confirmations 2251—Forwarding of Proxy and Other Issuer-Related Materials 2264—Margin Disclosure Statement 2265—Extended Hours Trading Risk Disclosure 2266—SIPC Information 2267—Investor Education and Protection 2268—Requirements When Using Predispute Arbitration Agreements for Customer Accounts 2270—Day–Trading Risk Disclosure Statement 2310(b)(2)—Direct Participation Programs 2342—“Breakpoint” Sales 3150—Holding of Customer Mail 4210(f)(8)(B)—Day Trading 4514—Authorization Records for Negotiable Instruments Drawn from a Customer’s Account

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations 2410—Net Prices to Persons Not in Investment Banking or Securities Business 2420—Dealing with Nonmembers IM-2420-1—Transactions Between Members and Nonmembers IM-2420-2—Continuing Commissions Policy 2430—Charges for Services Performed 2510/408—Discretionary Accounts

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 10—Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices Rule 10b-10—Confirmation of Transactions Section 15(c)(1) Rule 15c1-7—Discretionary Accounts Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(8) Rule 17a-4(b)(6)

FUNCTION 4—Supervision of Trading and Market Making Activities

4.1   Supervise order entry, routing and execution

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Requirements to implement and enforce trader mandates and to restrict traders to assigned aggregation units •  Market making and quoting activities •  Requirements to comply with Regulation SHO •  Various execution venues, order routing, best execution obligations and Regulation NMS •  Various restrictions on trading systems and capital and credit limits •  Volatility trading pauses •  Prohibited trading activities •  Escalation requirements upon discovery of a prohibited activity

FINRA Rules 5200 Series—Quotation and Trading Obligations and Practices 5210—Publication of Transactions and Quotations 5220—Offers at Stated Prices 5240—Anti–intimidation/Coordination 5250—Payments for Market Making 5260—Prohibition on Transactions, Publication of Quotations, or Publication of Indications of Interest During Trading Halts 5270—Front Running of Block Transactions 5280—Trading Ahead of Research Reports 5290—Order Entry and Execution Practices 5300 Series—Handling of Customer Orders 5310—Best Execution and Interpositioning 5320—Prohibition Against Trading Ahead of Customer Orders 5330—Adjustment of Orders 5340—Pre-Time Stamping 6100 Series—Quoting and Trading in NMS Stocks 6120—Trading Halts 6121—Trading Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility 6190—Compliance with Regulation NMS Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility 6200 Series—Alternative Display Facility 6220—Definitions 6272—Character of Quotations 6273—Normal Business Hours 6400 Series—Quoting and Trading in OTC Equity Securities 6431—Recording of Quotation Information 6432—Compliance with the Information Requirements of SEA Rule 15c2-11 6433—Minimum Quotation Size Requirement for OTC Equity Securities 6435—Withdrawal of Quotations in an OTC Equity Security in Compliance with SEC Regulation M 6440—Trading and Quotations Halt in OTC Equity Securities 6500 Series—OTC Bulletin Board®  Service

6530—OTCBB-Eligible Securities

Nasdaq Rules 4121—Trading Halts Due to Extraordinary Market Volatility 4611—Nasdaq Market Center Participant Registration 4612—Registration as a Nasdaq Market Maker 4613—Market Maker Obligations 4617—Normal Business Hours 4619—Withdrawal of Quotations and Passive Market Making 4750 Series—Nasdaq Market Center—Execution Services 4751—Definitions 4761—Adjustment of Open Quotes and/or Orders

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 10—Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices Rule 10b5-1—Trading “On the Basis Of” Material Nonpublic Information in Insider Trading Cases Section 15(c)(2) Rule 15c2-7—Identification of Quotations Rule 15c2-11—Initiation or Resumption of Quotations without Specified Information Section 15(c)(3) Rule 15c3-5—Risk management controls for brokers or dealers with market access Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-3(a)(1) through (a)(7)

SEC Regulation SHO Rule 200—Definition of “Short Sale” and Marking Requirements Rule 203—Borrowing and Delivery Requirements Rule 204—Close-Out Requirements 4.2   Confirm proper booking and settlement of trades KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Trade confirmation requirements and disclosures •  Buy–in and close–out requirements

FINRA Rules 6274 and 6350A/B—Clearance and Settlement 11100 Series—Scope of Uniform Practice Code 11200 Series—Comparisons or Confirmation and “Don’t Know Notices” 11300 Series—Delivery of Securities 11320—Dates of Delivery 11361—Units of Delivery—Stocks 11362—Units of Delivery—Bonds 11363—Units of Delivery—Unit Investment Trust Securities 11364—Units of Delivery—Certificates of Deposit for Bonds 11400 Series—Delivery of Securities with Draft Attached

11500 Series—Delivery of Securities with Restrictions 11520—Delivery of Mutilated Securities 11550—Assignments and Powers of Substitution; Delivery of Registered Securities 11574—Certificate in Name of Deceased Person, Trustee, etc. 11600 Series—Delivery of Bonds and Other Evidences of Indebtedness 11620—Computation of Interest 11630—Due-Bills and Due-Bill Checks 11640—Claims for Dividends, Rights, Interest, etc. 11650—Transfer Fees 11700 Series—Reclamations and Rejections 11740—Marking to the Market 11800 Series—Close-Out Procedures 11810—Buy–In Procedures and Requirements 11820—Selling-out 11840—Rights and Warrants 11860—COD Orders 11900 Series—Clearance of Corporate Debt Securities

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(c)(6) Rule 15c6-1—Settlement Cycle 4.3   Review executions for compliance with trade reporting requirements KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Trade reporting facilities for various types of securities

FINRA Rules 4515—Approval and Documentation of Changes in Account Name or Designation 6100 Series—Quoting and Trading in NMS Stock 6140—Other Trading Practices 6150—Obligation to Provide Information 6160—Multiple MPIDs for Trade Reporting Facility Participants 6170—Primary and Additional MPIDs for Alternative Display Facility Participants 6181—Timely Transaction Reporting 6182—Trade Reporting of Short Sales 6183—Exemption from Trade Reporting Obligation for Certain Alternative Trading Systems 6200 Series—Alternative Display Facility 6220—Definitions 6230—Use of Alternative Display Facility Data Systems 6240—Prohibition from Locking or Crossing Quotations in NMS Stocks 6250—Quote and Order Access Requirements 6271—Registration as an ADF Market Maker or an ADF ECN 6275—Withdrawal of Quotations 6281—Reporting Transactions in ADF-Eligible Securities 6300A Series—FINRA/Nasdaq Trade Reporting Facilities

6320A—Definitions 6380A—Transaction Reporting 6500 Series—OTC Bulletin Board®  Service 6620 Series—Reporting Transactions in OTC Equity Securities and Restricted Equity Securities 6700 Series—Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) 6710—Definitions 6720—Participation in         TRACE           6730—Transaction Reporting 6740—Termination of TRACE Service 6750—Dissemination of Transaction Information 6760—Obligation to Provide Notice 7100 Series—Alternative Display Facility 7110—Definitions 7120—Trade Reporting Participation Requirement 7130—Trade Report Input 7170—Termination of Access 7200A Series and 7300 Series—FINRA/Nasdaq Trade Reporting Facility and OTC Reporting Facility 7210A/7310—Definitions 7220A/7320—Trade Reporting Participation Requirements 7230A/7330—Trade Report Input 7240A/7340—Trade Report Processing 7270A/7370—Violation of Reporting Rules 7400 Series—Order Audit Trail and Trail Systems 7410—Definitions 7420—Applicability 7430—Synchronization of Members Business Clocks 7440—Recording of Order Information 7450—Order Data Transmission Requirements 7460—Violation of Order Audit Trail System Rules

Nasdaq Rules 4750 Series—Nasdaq Market Center—Execution Services 4751—Definitions 4755—Order Entry Parameters 4756—Entry and Display of Quotes and Orders 4757—Book Processing 4758—Order Routing 5001—The Qualification, Listing, and Delisting of Companies 5400 Series—Nasdaq Global Market

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3—Definitions and Application of Title Section 3(a)(23)(A)—Clearing Agency Section 3(a)(38—Market Maker Rule 3b-1—Definition of “Listed” Rule 3b-8—Definition of “Qualified OTC Market Maker,” “Qualified Third Market Maker,” and “Qualified Block Positioner” Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others

Rule 17a-3(a)(16) Rule 17a-4(b)(11) Provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Related to Penny Stocks Section 3(a)(51) Rule 3a51-1—Definition of Penny Stock Section 15(h)—Requirements for Transactions in Penny Stocks Rule 15g-1—Exemptions for Certain Transactions Rule 15g-2—Penny Stock Disclosure Document Relating to the Penny Stock Market Rule 15g-3—Broker or Dealer Disclosure of Quotations and Other Information Relating to the Penny Stock Market Rule 15g-4—Disclosure of Compensation to Brokers or Dealers Rule 15g-5—Disclosure of Compensation of Associated Persons in Connection With Penny Stock Transactions Rule 15g-6—Account Statements for Penny Stock Customers Rule 15g-9—Sales Practice Requirements for Certain Low Priced Securities Rule 15g-100—Schedule 15G—Information To Be Included in the Document Distributed Pursuant to 17 CFR 240.15g-2 SEC Regulation ATS—Regulation of Exchanges and Alternative Trading Systems SEC Regulation M Rule 103—Nasdaq Passive Market Making Rule 105—Short Selling in Connection with a Public Offering

Regulation NMS—National Market System Rule 600—NMS Security Designation and Definitions Rule 602—Dissemination of Quotations in NMS Securities Rule 604—Display of Customer Limit Orders Rule 605—Disclosure of Order Execution Information Rule 606—Disclosure of Order Routing Information Rule 607—Customer Account Statements Rule 611—Order Protection Rule Rule 612—Minimum Pricing Increments

SEC Regulation SHO Rule 200—Definition of “Short Sale” and Marking Requirements Rule 203—Borrowing and Delivery Requirements

FUNCTION 5—Supervision of Investment Banking and   Research

5.1   Develop and maintain policies, procedures and controls; and supervise related investment banking activities

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Public and private offering regulations •  Requirements to conduct and document due diligence of issuers •  M&A, tender offers, corporate financial advisory and valuation services •  Fundamental terms of loan documents •  Terms of bankruptcy and the potential claims and priorities of investors •  Corporate annual and quarterly reports •  Requirements for information barriers

FINRA Rules 2262—Disclosure of Control Relationship with Issuer 2269—Disclosure of Participation or Interest in Primary or Secondary Distribution 5110—Corporate Financing Rule—Underwriting Terms and Arrangements 5121—Public Offerings of Securities with Conflicts of Interest 5122—Private Placements of Securities Issued by Members 5123—Private Placements of Securities 5130—Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of Initial Equity Public Offerings 5131—New Issue Allocations and Distributions 5141—Sale of Securities in a Fixed Price Offering 5150—Fairness Opinions 5160—Disclosure of Price and Concessions in Selling Agreements 5190—Notification Requirements for Offering Participants 6130—Transactions Related to Initial Public Offerings 6760—Obligation to Provided Notice 11880—Settlement of Syndicate Accounts

Nasdaq Rules 4614—Stabilizing Bids 4624—Penalty Bids and Syndicate Covering Transactions

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3—Definitions and Application of Title Rule 3a4-1—Associated Persons of an Issuer Deemed Not To Be Brokers Rule 3b-6—Liability for Certain Statements by Issuers Section 10—Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices Rule 10b-9—Prohibited Representations in Connection With Certain Offerings Section 12—Registration Requirements for Securities Section 12(a) Section 12(g) Section 12(j)

Section 12(k)—Trading Suspensions; Emergency Authority Section 13—Periodical and Other Reports Rule 13a-1/Rule 15d-1—Requirement of annual reports Rule 13a-11/Rule 15d-1—Current reports on Form 8-K Rule 13a-13/Rule 15d-13—Annual reports on form 10-K Rule 13a-13/Rule 15d-13—Quarterly reports on Form 10-Q Rule 13d-1—Filing of Schedules 13D and 13G Rule 13e-3—Going Private Transactions by Certain Issuers or Their Affiliates Schedule 13E–3 Filing Requirement Rule 13e-4—Tender Offers by Issuers Schedule 13E-4—Filing Requirement Rule 13f-1—Reporting by Institutional Investment Managers of Information with Respect to Accounts Over Which They Exercise Investment Discretion (Schedule 13F) Regulation 13A—Reports of Issuers of Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12 Annual Reports Section 14—Proxies Rule 14a-6—Filing Requirements (Proxy Statement) on Form 14A Rule 14e-1—Unlawful Tender Offer Practices Rule 14e-2—Position of Subject Company with Respect to a Tender Offer Rule 14e-3—Transactions in Securities on the Basis of Material, Nonpublic Information in the Context of Tender Offers Rule 14e-4—Prohibited Transactions in Connection with Partial Tender Offers Rule 14e-5—Prohibiting Purchases Outside of a Tender Offer Section 15(c)(1) Rule 15c1-5—Disclosure of Control Rule 15c1-6—Disclosure of Interest in Distributions Rule 15c1-8—Sales at the Market Section 15(c)(2) Rule 15c2-4—Transmission or Maintenance of Payments Received in Connection with Underwritings Section 16—Directors, Officers and Principal Stockholders Rule 16a-1—Definition of Terms Rule 16a-2—Persons and Transactions Subject to Section 16 Rule 16a-3—Reporting Transactions and Holdings Section 17—Accounts and Records, Reports, Examinations of Exchanges, Members and Others Rule 17a-2—Recordkeeping Requirements Relating to Stabilizing   Activities

Securities Act of 1933 Section 2(a)(11) Rule 144—Persons Deemed Not to be Engaged in a Distribution and Therefore Not Underwriters Rule 144A—Private Resales of Securities to Institutions Section 2(a)(3) Rule 145—Reclassification of Securities, Mergers, Consolidations, and Acquisitions of Assets Section 3(a)(11) Rule 147—“Part of an Issue,” “Person Resident” and “Doing Business Within,” for Purposes of Section 3(a)(11) Section 4—Exempted Transactions Section 7—Information Required in Registration Statement

Section 8—Taking Effect of Registration Statements and Amendments Thereto Section 11—Civil Liabilities on Account of False Registration Statement Section 12—Civil Liabilities Arising in Connection With Prospectuses and Communications Rule 159—Information Available to Purchaser at Time of Contract of Sale Section 15—Liability of Controlling Persons Section 17—Fraudulent Interstate Transactions Section 23—Unlawful Representations Rule 175—Liability for Certain Statements by Issuers Rule 412—Modified or Superseded Documents

Regulation C—Registration Rule 405—Definition of Terms Rule 415—Delayed or Continuous Offering and Sale of Securities (Shelf Registration)

Regulation D—Rules Governing the Limited Offer and Sale of Securities without Registration Under the Securities Act of 1933 Rule 501—Definitions and Terms Used in Regulation D Rule 502—General Conditions To be Met Rule 503—Filing of Notice of Sales Rule 504—Exemption for Limited Offerings and Sales of Securities Not Exceeding $1,000,000 Rule 505—Exemption for Limited Offers and Sales of Securities Not Exceeding $5,000,000 Rule 506—Exemption for Limited Offers and Sales Without Regard to Dollar Amount of Offering

Regulation S—Rules Governing Offers and Sales Made Outside the U.S. Without Registration Under the Securities Act of 1933 Rule 901—General Statement Rule 902—Definitions Rule 903—Offers or Sales of Securities by the Issuer, a Distributor, Any of Their Respective Affiliates, or Any Person Acting on Behalf of Any of the Foregoing; Conditions Relating to Specific Securities Rule 904—Offshore Resales

17 C.F.R. Part 210—Regulation S–X —Form and Content of and Requirements for Financial Statements, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Investment Company Act of 1940, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975

17 C.F.R. Part 229—Regulation S–K—Standard Instructions for Filing Forms Under Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975—Regulation S–K Regulation M-A—Mergers and Acquisitions Regulation AB—Asset–Backed Securities Regulation M Rule 100—Preliminary Note; Definitions (“stabilization” and “stabilizing”) Rule 101—Activities by Distribution Participants Rule 102—Activities by Issuers and Selling Security Holders During a Distribution Rule 104—Stabilizing and Other Activities in Connection With an Offering

Regulation FD—Fair Disclosure

Hart–Scott–Rodino Act 15 U.S.C. Section 18a—Premerger Notification and Waiting Period 5.2   Review and approve investor disclosure materials, pitch books and marketing materials KNOWLEDGE OF: •  Communication regulations related to new issues •  Public notices excluded from the definition of prospectus

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 15(c)(2) Rule 15c2-8—Delivery of Prospectus

Securities Act of 1933 Section 2(a)(10), Section 2(a)(11), Section 4(3), Section 5—Prohibitions Relating to Interstate Commerce and the Mails, Section 7—Information Required in Registration Statement and Section 10—Information Required in Prospectus Rule 134—Communications Not Deemed a Prospectus Rule 135—Notice of Proposed Registered Offerings Rule 135a—Generic Advertising Rule 137—Publications or Distributions of Research Reports by Brokers or Dealers That Are Not Participating in an Issuer’s Registered Distribution of Securities Rule 142—Definition of “Participates,” and “Participation,” as Used in Section 2(11), in Relation to Certain Transactions Rule 153a—Definition of “Preceded By a Prospectus” as Used in Section 5(b)(2) of the Act, in Relation to Certain Transactions Requiring Approval of Security Holders Rule 163—Exemption from Section 5(c) of the Act for Certain Communications By or On Behalf of Well–Known Seasoned Issuers Rule 163A—Exemption from Section 5(c) of the Act for Certain Communications Made By or On Behalf of Issuers More Than 30 Days Before a Registration Statement Is Filed Rule 164—Post–Filing Free Writing Prospectuses in Connection with Certain Registered Offerings Rule 168—Exemptions From Sections 2(a)(10) and 5(c) of the Act For Certain Communications of Regularly Released Factual Business Information and Forward–Looking   Information Rule 169—Exemptions From Sections 2(a)(10) and 5(c) of the Act For Certain Communications of Regularly Released Factual Business Information Rule 172—Delivery of Prospectus Rule 174—Delivery of Prospectus by Dealers; Exemptions Under Section 4(3) of the Act Rule 175—Liability for Certain Statements by Issuers Rule 405—Definitions of Terms Rule 424—Filing of Prospectuses, Number of Copies Rule 427—Contents of Prospectuses Used After Nine Months Rule 430—Prospectus for Use Prior to Effective Date Rule 430A—Prospectus in a Registration Statement at the Time of Effectiveness

Rule 430B—Prospectus in a Registration Statement After Effective Date Rule 433—Conditions to Permissible Post–Filing Free Writing Prospectuses Rule 460—Distribution of Preliminary Prospectus

5.3   Develop and maintain policies, procedures and controls; and supervise activities relating to research

KNOWLEDGE OF: •  What constitutes research •  Research report approval and dissemination processes •  Disclosure requirements for analysts who make public appearances

NASD/Incorporated NYSE Rules and Rule Interpretations 2711/472—Research Analysts and Research Reports

Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Section 3(a)(35) Section 28(e)

Securities Act of 1933 Section 2(a)(10) and Section 5—Prohibitions Relating to Interstate Commerce and the Mails Rule 138—Publications or Distributions of Research Reports by Brokers or Dealers About Securities Other Than Those They Are Distributing Rule 139—Publications or Distributions of Research Reports by Brokers or Dealers Distributing Securities

SEC Regulation AC—Analyst Certification

SAMPLE ITEMS The following sample items are included to provide an introduction to the basic formats of multiple-choice items used on the exam. The sample items do not reflect the difficulty level of actual exam items. Candidates who familiarize themselves with these formats may be able to improve their test-taking skills so their performance on the exam will better reflect their knowledge of the areas tested. An asterisk indicates the correct answer to each sample item.

Closed-Stem: The stem (the part that poses the question) is a complete sentence and thus concludes with a question mark. The options (answer choices) may be complete or incomplete sentences.

Example: The designation of the person or persons permitted to trade on behalf of a corporation is usually found in which of the following?

(A)  Corporate resolutions* (B)  Articles of incorporation (C)  Listings on the company website (D)  Registration statements

Open-Stem (Sentence Completion): The stem is an incomplete statement, and the options represent conclusions to the sentence.

Example: Round lot trades in Nasdaq securities must be reported within:

(A)  10 seconds of execution.* (B)  90 seconds of execution. (C)  5 minutes of execution. (D)  20 minutes of execution.

Except or Not: “Except” or “not” is used when the task is to select the response option that is an exception to the principle or rule stated in the stem. In such cases, the stem may be open or closed.

Example: In determining whether to approve a change from the exempt status of a member firm under SEC Rule 15c3-3, FINRA considers each of the following except:

(A)  the type of business the firm conducts. (B)  the amount of the firm’s errors and omissions insurance coverage.* (C)  the firm’s current financial condition. (D)  the firm’s procedures for safeguarding customer assets.

REFERENCES

Listed below are government and SRO websites that provide information about rules and other information candidates may find useful in preparing for the exam. In addition to information about rules, the SRO may publish glossaries of terms, explanations of securities products, and compliance procedures. Candidates are encouraged to refer to the SRO websites for information memos or Regulatory Notices concerning amendments to rules and the announcement of new rules that may relate to the exam. Candidates can purchase copies of federal securities laws and SEC rules through the network of federal government printing offices. However, some of this information may be available on the SRO and pertinent federal government (e.g., the SEC) websites. It is recommended that candidates refer to the content outline as part of their preparation to take the exam. Candidates are responsible for planning their course of study in preparation for the exam. FINRA produces only the content outline and is not involved with nor does it endorse any particular course of study.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 1735 K Street Washington, DC 20006 www.finra.org

Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Investor Education and Advocacy 1–800–SEC–0330 www.sec.gov

Securities Industry/Regulatory Council On Continuing Education www.cecouncil.com

Nasdaq OMX 805 King Farm Boulevard Rockville, MD 20850 www.nasdaqomx.com