SIFMA and its member firms are strongly opposed to H.R. ____“To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow…
Regulatory Notice 19-17 (Protecting Investors from Misconduct)
Jennifer Piorko Mitchell
Office of the Corporate Secretary
1735 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1506
Re: Regulatory Notice 19-17 (Protecting Investors from Misconduct)
Dear Ms. Mitchell:
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”)1 appreciates the opportunity to comment on Notice 19-17 (the “Notice” or the “Proposal”).2 The Proposal would impose tailored obligations, including financial set-asides, on designated member firms that cross specified, numeric disclosure-event thresholds. The stated purpose of the Proposal is to give FINRA another tool to incentivize member firms to comply with regulatory requirements and to pay arbitration awards. We respectfully submit the following comments and recommendations for your consideration.
SIFMA supports targeted efforts to ensure firms pay their arbitration awards in full.
We applaud FINRA’s continuing efforts to help ensure that arbitration claims, awards, and settlements are paid in full. At the same time, we have been careful to explain that the issue of unpaid awards is not an indictment of the current securities arbitration system, or of the various processes currently available to help collect an arbitration award. Nor does it justify calls to create some form of post-award collection pool, insurance, or guaranty. Such a pool would be unfair and inappropriate because, among other things, it would essentially require the many good actors (firms who pay their awards) to pay for the few bad actors (firms who do not).