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Registered Representative Obligations

Course Code: CE_RRO

Audience

Registered Representative Obligations is intended for registered representatives of FINRA member broker/dealers. Much of this course is also pertinent for representatives of investment advisory firms.

Course Description

FINRA Rule 2111, Suitability, states:
"Implicit in all member and associated person relationships with customers and others is the fundamental responsibility for fair dealing."

FINRA Rule 2010, Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade reminds us:
"A member, in the conduct of its business, shall observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade."

Registered Representative Obligations provides Series 6 and Series 7 registered representatives with an overview of their ongoing obligations. This includes the need to maintain their registration status, disclose material information, and remain current with continuing education requirements. The course reminds students of the suitability analyses that must be completed when making recommendations to clients, including the requirements under new FINRA Rule 2111. Students will also review some of the professional standards to be maintained, including the need to act professionally and handle customer accounts in an ethical manner.

CFP Program ID: 234925     CFP Credit Hours: 1.00

Regulation NMS

Course Code: CE_REGNMS

Audience

This course is intended for registered representatives, mutual fund managers and representatives, floor traders, specialists, market makers, and anyone else interested in how Regulation NMS impacts the way quotes and transaction information in exchange-traded equities are consolidated and communicated for display. This course provides a basic overview of Regulation NMS.

Course Description

Regulation NMS represents a major overhaul of the structure of the securities markets. The basic intent of Regulation NMS is to strengthen and modernize the system by which the equity markets are regulated to ensure that investors receive the best possible execution under current market conditions.

This course specifically discusses the rules related to the dissemination and reporting of quotes under Regulation NMS, as well as the anticipated impact of these rules on the exchanges, markets, and electronic communications networks (ECNs). In addition to the rule requirements, this course presents an overview of how NMS provides transparency of last-trade information and how it provides investors with the best possible executions based on current market conditions.

CFP Program ID: 234926     CFP Credit Hours: 1.00

Regulatory Actions Against Firms and Supervisors

Course Code: CE_RAAFS

Audience

Regulatory Actions Against Firms and Supervisors is intended for all FINRA member firms and their registered supervising principals. This course would also be beneficial for compliance professionals and management level officers.

Course Description

Regulatory Actions Against Firms and Supervisors raises awareness of the FINRA disciplinary process and the degree to which firms and supervisors can be punished for making bad decisions. Lesson 1 reviews the disciplinary process and relevant statistics. The lesson is summarized with a look at the motivating factors behind bad decisions in an effort to redirect the potential for unethical behavior.

Lesson 2 provides an opportunity for firms and supervisors to anticipate what sanctions might be levied for various rule violations.

Regulatory Actions Against Institutional Representatives

Course Code: CE_RAAIR

Audience

Regulatory Actions Against Institutional Representatives is intended for all FINRA registered institutional representatives, investment advisers, and their supervisors. This course would also be beneficial for compliance professionals and management level officers.

Course Description

Regulatory Actions Against Institutional Representatives raises awareness of the FINRA disciplinary process, and the degree to which firms and their institutional representatives can be punished for making bad decisions. Lesson 1 reviews the disciplinary process and relevant statistics. The lesson is summarized with a look at the motivating factors behind bad decisions in an effort to redirect the potential for unethical behavior.

Lesson 2 provides an opportunity for institutional representatives to anticipate what sanctions might be levied for various rule violations in real case studies.

CFP Program ID: 237739     CFP Credit Hours: 0.50

Regulatory Actions Against Investment Advisers and Hedge Funds

Course Code: CE_RAAIAHF

Audience

Regulatory Actions Against Investment Advisers and Hedge Funds is intended for all investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, and hedge fund personnel dually registered with a FINRA member firm, and their supervisors. This course would also be beneficial for compliance professionals and management level officers.

Course Description

Regulatory Actions Against Investment Advisers and Hedge Funds raises awareness of the FINRA disciplinary process and the degree to which firms and registered individuals can be punished, by either FINRA or the SEC, for making bad decisions. Lesson 1 reviews the disciplinary process and relevant statistics. The lesson is summarized with a look at the motivating factors behind bad decisions in an effort to redirect the potential for unethical behavior.

Lesson 2 provides an opportunity for IAs, IARs and hedge fund personnel to anticipate what sanctions might be levied for various rule violations.

CFP Program ID: 234927     CFP Credit Hours: 1.00

Regulatory Actions Against Representatives

Course Code: CE_RAAR

Audience

Regulatory Actions Against Representatives is intended for all FINRA registered representatives and their supervisors. This course would also benefit compliance professionals and management level officers.

Course Description

Regulatory Actions Against Representatives raises awareness of the FINRA disciplinary process, and the degree to which firms and representatives can be punished for making bad decisions. Lesson 1 looks at the factors the regulators take under consideration when determining penalties, and how failing to disclose information often leads to infractions. The lesson is summarized with a look at the motivating factors behind bad decisions in an effort to redirect the potential for unethical behavior.

Lesson 2 provides an opportunity for representatives to anticipate what sanctions might be levied for various rule violations.

CFP Program ID: 237740     CFP Credit Hours: 0.50

Regulatory Actions Against Wholesalers

Course Code: CE_RAAW

Audience

Regulatory Actions Against Wholesalers is intended for all FINRA registered wholesalers and their supervisors. This course would also benefit compliance professionals and management level officers.

Course Description

Regulatory Actions Against Wholesalers raises awareness of the FINRA disciplinary process, and the degree to which wholesalers can be punished for making bad decisions. Wholesalers have a unique position in that they don't make sales to the end investor; rather, they promote their products to the representative who makes the final sale to the end investor. This unique vantage point often raises the question of the degree of responsibility that wholesalers share with their representative counterparts.

Lesson 1 reviews the disciplinary process and some relevant statistical information. The lesson is summarized with a look at the motivating factors behind bad decisions in an effort to redirect the potential for unethical behavior.

Lesson 2 provides an opportunity for wholesalers to anticipate what sanctions might be levied for various rule violations in real case studies.

Research Reports and the Role of Analysts

Course Code: CE_RRRA

Audience

This course is designed for research analysts, research support staff, investment banking personnel, research analyst supervisors, and others interested in the regulatory aspects of equity research.

Course Description

The role of research analysts and the nature of their research must be objective. Concerns regarding how analysts confer ratings are constantly under scrutiny by regulators; in particular, the research must by impartial and all conflicts of interest must be disclosed. Effective in 2015, FINRA Rule 2241 addresses such concerns with research analyst activities. Further, it explains how the rule retains the core provisions of Rules 2711 and 472 while broadening the obligations of firms to identify and manage research related conflicts of interest. Lastly, the course provides clarity to the applicability of certain provisions of existing rules in order to increase investor protection.

CFP Program ID: 234928     CFP Credit Hours: 1.50

Retirement Plans

Course Code: CE_RETPLAN

Audience

Retirement Plans is an intermediate course intended for retail and investment adviser representatives, as well as any financial service industry professional interested in learning about retirement plan options. The course is designed to help representatives advise investors on issues related to retirement savings and make educated choices about comparing retirement plan options for their clients. Because the course also discloses regulatory concerns surrounding retirement plans, supervisors will also find this course helpful.

Course Description

Retirement Plans describes how various types of retirement plans can be used to help investors save for retirement. The course first discusses the history of retirement funding and the creation of the Employee Retirement and Security Act (ERISA). It then delves into the various retirement plans and current regulatory focus on each, including defined contribution and defined benefit plans, and traditional and Roth IRAs. In addition, the course offers pros and cons that can serve as a guide when an investor is selecting between these types of plans or is considering a rollover. Finally, the course outlines recent Department of Labor regulations regarding ERISA fiduciary status.

CFP Program ID: 234929     CFP Credit Hours: 1.00

Risk-Based Investment Adviser Supervision

Course Code: CE_RBIAS

Audience

Risk-Based Investment Adviser Supervision is intended for supervisors and compliance personnel responsible under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (The Act) to supervise investment advisers (IAs), investment adviser representatives (IARs), and their compliance with the Act. This course would also be appropriate for the financial and operations principals as well as executive management personnel and anyone with a vested interest in the outcome of their next SEC or state regulatory examination.

Risk-Based Investment Adviser Supervision is an intermediate to advanced level course designed to help supervisors and compliance professionals focus resources on testing and supervision of issues most relevant to regulators.

Course Description

The starting point of a sound compliance program is the assessment of risk factors. This course includes a list of SEC-defined risk categories for IAs that will help to identify high-risk activities at the firm, and prioritize resources to minimize the risk of potential harm to the firm and its clients.

Along with a brief explanation of the regulatory focus for each risk category is a list of specific testing procedures to help flush out any unknown high-risk activities. Some of the testing procedures are designed to be used during a risk assessment, and others are designed to be used as part of daily supervisory duties.

CFP Program ID: 234932     CFP Credit Hours: 1.00

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