FINRA to Expand Broker-Check Reporting

Richard Ketchum, the retiring CEO of FINRA, said that the regulator intends to expand the reporting available through its BrokerCheck ® web tool to include relative concentrations of disciplined brokers in industry firms.

Some studies have found that brokers terminated for misconduct often are hired by firms having a higher incidence of their own misconduct. "There are firms that hire from the predatory firms that go out of business. That is your biggest risk," said Ketchum. Ketchum also said that FINRA is considering making its underlying BrokerCheck data available for bulk download for research. I wrote about increasing calls for the ability to mine FINRA's disciplinary data last month, here. The changes were reported in this weekend's Wall Street Journal (May 7-8 at B7).

Thomas K. Potter, III ( is a partner in the Securities Litigation Practice Group at Burr & Forman, LLP. Tom is licensed in Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana. He has over 30 years' experience representing financial institutions in litigation, regulatory and compliance matters. See attorney profile. © 2016 by Thomas K. Potter, III (all rights reserved).

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