To explain the inherent risks, draw attention to SEC and FINRA guidance, and suggest ways to limit and control the sale of structured securities to retail investors.
Explains potential problems with the sale of structured securities to retail investors; recommends marketing, disclosure, training, suitability, and supervision guidelines; summarizes the results of an SEC sweep examination; draws conclusions.
Both the SEC and FINRA have stopped short of saying that retail sales of structured products is unsuitable per se, but both have demonstrated unease about this activity and clearly indicated that firms who engage in it have heightened and specific disclosure, training, suitability and supervisory obligations.
Although firms certainly can sell these products in the retail market in a responsible and compliant manner, they should do so with thought, preparation and caution, because the regulatory agencies are watching.
Practical guidance from experienced financial services and securities lawyer concentrating on investment advisers and broker-dealers.
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