According to a recent investmentnews.com article the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) “is warning firms about the use of designations implying special expertise in working with older investors.”
FINRA performed a survey in 2011 about the use of “senior designations.” They surveyed 157 firms that varied in terms of “size, location, product mix and business model” and found that “responses point to widespread use of senior designations in the broker-dealer community.” FINRA found that 68% of the firms said that they allowed the use of “senior designations” by their registered representatives.
The FINRA survey uncovered that the use of these “senior designations” by firms varied widely and that they were often not as meaningful as it seems FINRA would like. FINRA’s report on the survey stated that, “the survey indicated that some supervisory procedures were not particularly discerning regarding the quality of the designations that registered persons were permitted to use.” FINRA indicated that the majority of the firms “require, at a minimum, registered persons to obtain prior approval or to use only designations that have been pre-approved by the firm.” However, they also found that overall “some supervisory procedures were not particularly discerning regarding the quality of the designations that registered persons were permitted to use.”
FINRA continues to find ways to attempt to protect retired and elderly investors from being taken advantage of by fraudsters and financial professionals alike. FINRA’s report on the survey outlined some appropriate practices with relations to the “senior designations” and “…encourages firms to consider implementing…” them.
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