FINRA Rule 4511

FINRA Rule 4511, which is based on the general recordkeeping requirements of NASD Rule 3110(a) and NYSE Rule 440, clarifies that firms are obligated to:

(1) make and preserve books and records as required under the rules of FINRA, the Securities Exchange Act (SEA) and the applicable SEA rules;


(2) preserve the books and records required to be made pursuant to the FINRA rules in a format and media that complies with SEA Rule 17a-4.

Additionally, FINRA Rule 4511 requires firms to preserve for a period of at least six years those FINRA books and records for which there is no specified retention period under the FINRA rules or applicable SEA rules. This six-year retention period is a default retention period for those FINRA rules that require firms to preserve certain books and records, but do not specify a retention period, and where there is no retention period specified under the SEA rules. In the absence of contrary guidance in a rule, if the books and records pertain to an account, the retention period is for six years after the date the account is closed; otherwise, the retention period is for six years after such books and records are made.

Smarsh, Inc. assumes no liability for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Please consult with an attorney for specific information on specific rules and regulations and how they apply to your business.

Helpful Links:

.pdf of FINRA Regulatory Notice 11–19 which contains information on the SEC-approved proposal from FINRA to adopt rules governing books and records for the consolidated FINRA rulebook

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