FINRA provides the first line of oversight for broker-dealers and the first line of defense for investors by virtue of its comprehensive oversight program. FINRA regulates both the firms and professionals selling securities in the United States and the U.S. securities markets. In this capacity, FINRA writes and enforces its own rules, as well as enforcing federal securities rules and laws.
Member Regulation examines all firms for compliance with FINRA, MSRB and SEC rules, and federal securities laws. It also analyzes and regulates firm sales practices.
Enforcement advances investor confidence through vigorous, fair and effective enforcement of securities rules and laws, and by investigating potential violations.
OFDMI gathers and evaluates regulatory intelligence to detect insider trading and other strategies to gain unfair market advantage.
Adjudication and Decisions
FINRA can take disciplinary action against firms and individuals who break securities rules by either issuing a formal complaint or through a settlement.
Market Regulation achieves its market integrity mandate with a unique equity and options cross-market surveillance program employing advanced technology
The department oversees FINRA’s equity and debt reporting facilities and ensures market transparency for investors and other market participants.
Office of the Chief Economist
The office analyzes the costs and benefits of existing and potential FINRA rulemaking to ensure that rules minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens.
The International Financial Securities Regulatory Commission was established to promote investor confidence in the securities and capital markets by providing more structure and government oversight.