FINRA Changes the Rules on How Low-Price Equities Are TradedPosted May 20th, 2011
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has issued a regulatory notice addressing price volatility concerns associated with low-priced equity securities in customer margin and firm proprietary accounts. The notice advises that close attention be paid to low-priced equity securities; price volatility is usually associated with low-priced equities because they are inherently volatile. But what does FINRA consider a “low-price equity,” and what does it mean for you and your clients?
FINRA advises firms to weigh the risks that come with low-priced equity securities before extending credit in strategy-based or portfolio margin accounts. FINRA cautions firms to consider “volatility and concentrated positions in a single customer account and across all customer accounts, as well as the daily volume and market capitalization of each security when imposing ‘house’ maintenance margin requirements.”
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