Finra Membership Agreement
Best wishes when you start the new application for membership. We look forward to working with you. Under NASD Rule 1017 (g) (2), FINRA must adopt a written decision on CMAs within 30 days of the conclusion of the interview or the presentation of additional information or documents, depending on what is done at a later date. If the Department does not ask the applicant to participate in an accession procedure or requires additional information or documents, the Department must, within 45 days of filing the application in paragraph a. However, the most important factor that causes a delay in processing an application is whether sufficient information is provided to support that request. In all cases, FINRA must verify that the proposed extension or amendment meets each of the 14 membership criteria (see Rule 1014). However, it is tempting to target the investigation and limit the scope of the analysis in all cases, in accordance with FINRA`s regulatory obligations. Therefore, applicants must be prepared to provide timely information on how they meet all marketing licensing standards and other applicable legal and regulatory requirements when requested. Companies are encouraged to contact their coordinator or local district office before submitting a CMA if they have questions about the documents and information to submit, as requests containing all relevant information when first presented are generally processed more quickly. Another factor that has led to delays in the past is non-compliance with qualification requirements.
Applications should not be made until the applicant and the staff to be registered are willing to meet all the affiliation and registration requirements necessary to implement the securities activities proposed by the applicant. Failure to provide information, rectification of notification defects, and the success of year-end checks could, among other things, lead FINRA to refuse registration. We strongly recommend that qualification exams be scheduled as soon as significant business change is contemplated, either before or early in the application process. Determining sources of capital is an important step in the application process. FINRA takes all reasonable steps to clearly understand the nature and source of the capital and the relevant context and disciplinary history of all those involved in making that capital available. Their application will likely lead to delays without obtaining documentation of the source of the capital. We advise you to submit one of the following documents when filing the application in order to reduce delays: copies of cancelled cheques, deposit documents, monthly statements, securities statements, tax returns and credit documents. This guide provides valuable insight into the information that finra should take into account when evaluating CMAs.