The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that it has adopted rules and amendments to its broker-dealer custody rules that are designed to “substantially increase” protections for investors who turned their money and securities over to BDs registered with the agency.
The new rules, approved by a 3-2 commission vote, require broker-dealers to file reports with the commission that the agency says should “result in higher levels of compliance with the SEC’s financial responsibility rules.”
The SEC also adopted amendments to the net capital, customer protection, books and records, and notification rules for broker-dealers. The amendments were approved by a unanimous vote.
Both measures were adopted by “seriatim votes,” according to an SEC spokesman. No open SEC meeting was held.
SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White said the “rules will provide important additional safeguards for customer assets held by broker-dealers,” and “will strengthen the audit requirements for broker-dealers and enhance our oversight of the way they maintain custody of their customers’ assets.”
Broker-dealers are required to begin filing new quarterly reports–called Form Custody–with the SEC and annual reports with Securities Investor Protection Corp. by the end of 2013.