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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
FINRA, the acronym of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is the largest self-regulatory organization (SRO) in the United States. It writes and enforces rules governing the securities industry as well as enforcing federal securities laws.
FINRA has jurisdiction over all broker-dealers and registered representatives, and has authority to discipline firms and individuals who violate the rules. It regulates trading in stocks, mutual funds, variable annuities, corporate bonds, and futures and options contracts on securities. It also acts as the SRO for a number of securities exchanges.
FINRA reviews materials that investment companies provide to their clients and prospective clients to ensure those materials comply with the relevant guidelines. The FINRA website also provides investor education and alerts on current issues of importance to investors.
Through its BrokerCheck database, FINRA provides a resource for investors to check the credentials of people and firms.
In addition, FINRA resolves disputes between broker-dealers and their clients, through either mediation or arbitration.
FINRA was created in 2007 by the merger of NASD (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) and the regulatory and enforcement divisions of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).