Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT)
Rule 613 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires FINRA and the national securities exchanges to jointly submit a National Market System (NMS) plan detailing how they would develop, implement and maintain a consolidated audit trail that collects and accurately identifies every order, cancellation, modification and trade execution for all exchange-listed equities and options across all U.S. markets. FINRA is working with the exchanges to develop an NMS plan that meets the requirements of Rule 613.
• FINRA Rule 6800 Series: Consolidated Audit Trail Compliance Rule
• Visit The Consolidated Audit Trail website (https://www.catnmsplan.com/) for more information
(New) Disclosure of Order Handling Information
The Commission is extending the compliance date for the recently adopted amendments to Rule 606 of Regulation National Market System (“Regulation NMS”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), which require additional disclosures by broker-dealers to customers concerning the handling of customer orders. Specifically, the Commission is extending the compliance date for the recently adopted amendments to Rule 606. Following September 30, 2019, broker-dealers must begin to collect the information required by Rules 606(a) and 606(b) as amended. The compliance date remains May 20, 2019 for the amendments to Rule 605. The Commission is extending the compliance date for the recently adopted amendments to Rule 606 in order to give broker-dealers additional time to develop, program, and test for compliance with the new and amended requirements of the rule.
• Securities and Exchange Commission Release No. 34-85714 (April 24, 2019): Disclosure of Order Handling Information
FINRA Reminds Firms of Their Obligations Regarding Transactions in OTC Equity Securities Quoted Pursuant to a Submitted Form 211
In consultation with SEC staff, FINRA is reminding members of legal obligations that apply when initiating a quote in an over-the-counter (OTC) security in addition to filing a Form 211.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 18-32 (September 24, 2018): FINRA Reminds Firms of their Obligations Regarding Transactions in OTC Equity Securities Quoted Pursuant to a Submitted Form 211
FINRA Reminds Firms of their Obligations when Effecting OTC Trades in Equity Securities on a Net Basis
FINRA is issuing this Notice to remind firms of their obligations under the FINRA trade reporting rules and other applicable FINRA and SEC rules when effecting over-the-counter (OTC) trades in equity securities on a “net” basis.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 18-29 (September 12, 2018): FINRA Reminds Firms of their Obligations when Effecting OTC Trades in Equity Securities on a Net Basis
Reporting Transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities
Beginning July 10, 2017, FINRA member firms must begin reporting transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities to FINRA via TRACE. Regulatory Notice 16-39 describes the scope of the term “U.S. Treasury securities” for purposes of the new reporting requirement; the specific transactions in U.S. Treasury securities that are reportable and those that are exempt from the reporting requirement; and the information that must be reported to TRACE when reporting transactions in U.S. Treasury securities, including a new trade indicator and two new modifiers. FINRA is publishing technical specifications concurrently with this Notice, which are available on FINRA’s website. At this time, FINRA will not disseminate information on transactions in U.S. Treasury securities and will not charge transaction-level fees on transactions in U.S. Treasury securities reported to TRACE.
• FINRA Regulatory Notice 16-39 (October 2016): SEC Approves Rule Change to Require Reporting of Transactions in U.S. Treasury Securities to the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).