FINRA Rule 2010

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What is FINRA Rule 2010?

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is an independent and non-governmental organization that is responsible for writing and enforcing rules that govern registered brokers and broker-dealer firms in the US. According to FINRA, their mission is “to provide investor protection and promote market integrity.”

Understanding FINRA rules can be complicated, particularly for those who do not work in the financial or investment industry. Here, we want to discuss FINRA Rule 2010, as this is often considered the most important securities industry regulation on the books.

Understanding Finra Rule 2010

The language of FINRA Rule 2010 reads, “No member shall effect any transaction in, or induce the purchase or sale of, any security by means of any manipulative, deceptive or other fraudulent device or contrivance.”

Put simply, FINRA Rule 2010 requires that all industry members conduct business with high standards of commercial honor. Members must maintain equitable and just principles of trade. When analyzing the actual language of FINRA Rule 2010, we can see that the provision is fairly broad. This allows the regulatory body to enforce various forms of unethical behavior of a broker or brokerage firm that may not fall in direct violation of any other rule that FINRA has created.

A Brief History of Finra Rule 2010

FINRA Rule 2010 developed out of the principles outlined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, specifically from within the provisions of the legislation that required standards of commercial honor to be upheld by any member operating in the securities industry. Unlike other rules that have been developed by FINRA, Rule 2010 is not tailored to address a specific type of misconduct.

You could think of Rule 2010 as a “catch-all” provision contained within FINRA rules. The SEC, in an effort to protect investors and the industry, recognizes that it is impossible to draft a specific rule to address every type of misconduct that could occur in the securities industry. Thus, FINRA Rule 2010 can be a handy tool.

Examples of How Finra Rule 2010 Could Be Used in Investment Fraud Cases

FINRA Rule 2010 is applied on a case-by-case basis. Some of the most common types of actions over the last few years have been deemed violations of FINRA Rule 2010:

  • Sharing a customer’s confidential information without their approval
  • Misappropriating company or client funds
  • Improper solicitation for personal benefits or donations
  • Forging signatures or passing bad checks
  • Altering various critical financial documents
  • Failing to disclose material information

Do You Need to Speak to a Finra Arbitration Attorney?

If you have lost money due to the action or inaction of your financial advisor, or you believe that you were in some way treated unfairly or unethically, you should speak to a FINRA arbitration attorney as soon as possible.

In some cases, you may know the exact circumstances of how you were treated unfairly or unethically. However, you may not be able to actually articulate exactly why you feel you were treated this way. In these circumstances, FINRA Rule 2010 could apply. However, most individual investors do not have the legal experience or resources necessary to fully investigate their case. That is why a securities fraud attorney is going to be so valuable in these situations. At Meyer Wilson, we are ready to help. You can contact us by calling (866) 314-1980 or contact us online to speak confidentially with an attorney today.

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