FINRA Office
Compliance, Enforcement, Investors

What Is FINRA

FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Association and is the successor to the National Association of Securities Dealers. FINRA is authorized by Congress to regulate and oversee the broker-dealer industry, ensuring that it operates fairly and honestly. It oversees over 4,000 brokerage firms and more than 600,000 brokers across the country—and analyzes billions of daily market events.

What does FINRA do?

FINRA regulates securities brokers and dealers, and other entities involved in the buying and selling of securities. FINRA works closely with and is supervised by, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to ensure compliance with federal laws.

Regulations

FINRA has a wide range of responsibilities, including providing examinations and licenses for securities professionals, maintaining rules and regulations related to the trading of stocks and other securities, as well as detecting and punishing insider trading. FINRA also investigates rule violations and prosecutes disciplinary actions against brokers and firms that violate federal laws or FINRA’s own rules.

Additionally, FINRA collects data on the trading activities of certain market participants, which it uses to inform the SEC of potential enforcement actions.

Education

FINRA’s Investor Education Foundation provides resources that inform investors about certain investments and strategies. FINRA also educates investors about the risks involved in investing and helps maintain investor confidence by providing a safe and secure infrastructure for trading. FINRA also works with state securities regulators to coordinate enforcement efforts and advise investors.

Arbitration

FINRA also provides a dispute resolution program for quick resolution when issues arise between investors and their advisors or brokers. More information regarding FINRA Arbitration is available at Overview of the Securities Arbitration Process.

Who Regulates FINRA?

FINRA is regulated by the SEC under Section 15A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. FINRA has its own board of directors, staff, and offices. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.

Where can I find more information about FINRA?

You can learn more about FINRA at finra.org. If you need help with any questions regarding FINRA, you can contact them directly at 1-800-FINRA (1-800-633-3276).

FINRA Lawyers

If you have a FINRA-related issue, whether an investigation, arbitration, or simply a U-4 or U-5 issue, call The Securities Lawyer at 212-509-6544 or visit their website at www.securitieslawyer.us.

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