The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority plans to expand its High Risk Broker initiative next year, which has so far barred 16 brokers in 2013, and is planning further enhancements to BrokerCheck, FINRA CEO Richard Ketchum told Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in a recent letter.
Under its High Risk Broker initiative, launched in February, Ketchum told Markey that 42 brokers have been designated as high risk by FINRA’s Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence, “resulting in fast-tracked regulatory actions.” Ketchum told Markey in a Nov. 13 letter that FINRA plans to “create a dedicated enforcement team” in 2014 to go after high-risk brokers.
Markey posted Ketchum’s letter on his web site Friday.
Ketchum was responding to concerns raised by Markey in a letter, which stated that “the fact that dozens of brokers have been designated high risk and 16 brokers have been barred from the securities industry in mere months underscores the urgent need for FINRA and the SEC to engage in much more vigorous enforcement of rogue brokers.”
Said Markey: “FINRA’s commitment to expand the High Risk Broker initiative and establish a dedicated enforcement team are important initial steps.”
From January 2011 through Sept. 30, 2013, FINRA has barred 1,342 individual brokers for a variety of violations of the federal securities laws or FINRA rules, Ketchum told Markey.