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A New Direction for FINRA? – Washington, DC & Live Stream
October 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a regulator of central importance to the functioning of U.S. capital markets. It regulates nearly 4.000 broker-dealers and almost 650,000 registered representatives. It is a private, not-for-profit organization. In 2015, FINRA levied $94 million in fines against broker-dealers, took 1,512 disciplinary actions against broker-dealers, and ordered $97 million in restitution to harmed investors. FINRA has an annual budget of $1 billion.
Concerns raised about FINRA include a lack of transparency, the imposition of a large regulatory burden on small broker-dealers, the structure of its rule-making process and the fairness of its arbitration process. Robert Cook became CEO in August, 2016. FINRA, under his leadership, is undertaking a comprehensive review of its rules and practices called FINRA 360. Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission stood up a new office to conduct oversight of FINRA and Congress held an oversight hearing.
Please join us for an extended conversation with Robert Cook on a wide range of topics, followed by audience questions and answers.
The Livestream is available for free on the Heritage web site during the event.