Finra has issued NTM 13-07 requesting comments on changes to rules regarding fees, commissions, and markups. (13-07)
Here's the Executive Summary:
As part of the process to develop a new, consolidated rulebook (the Consolidated FINRA Rulebook),1 FINRA is requesting comment on proposed FINRA rules governing markups, markdowns, commissions and fees. FINRA initially sought comment on the proposed rules in Regulatory Notice 11-08. In response to the comments received, FINRA is proposing several changes to the proposed rules. These changes include, among other things, amendments to: (1) retain the 5% markup policy in NASD IM-2440-1 (Mark-Up Policy); (2) revise certain of the relevant factors used to determine the reasonableness of markups and commissions; (3) eliminate the requirement to provide commission schedules for equity securities transactions to retail customers; and (4) extend the proposed markup rules to transactions in certain government securities. This Notice requests comment on the revised proposal.
The text of the proposed rules can be found at www.finra.org/notices/13-07.
Of course, the big issue is the 5 percent markup policy, which was supposed to be clarified years ago. Many comments have been received on this issue, most requesting the limit to stay or be lowered. (InvestmentNews)