How to Check Out Your Stockbroker or Brokerage Firm

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As an investor, you can request a public report of background information on any stockbroker or brokerage firm. Depending on the state jurisdiction, this report can be obtained either free of charge or for a nominal fee. In addition to employment and examination history, the CRD report will contain the following types of disciplinary history, if applicable:

  • Final disciplinary actions (relating to securities or commodities businesses) that have been taken by federal, state, and foreign securities regulators as well as self-regulatory organizations such as the National Association of Securities Dealers Regulation.
  • Civil judgments and arbitration decisions in securities and commodities disputes involving public customers.
  • Criminal convictions or indictments against registered or licensed brokerage firms and their associated persons.
  • Settlements of $10,000 or more among the parties to arbitrations, civil suits, and customer complaints involving securities or commodities transactions.
  • Employment terminations after allegations were made involving violations of investment-related statutes or rules, fraud, theft, or failure to supervise investment-related activities.
  • Bankruptcies filed within the last 10 years and outstanding liens and judgments.
  • Pending disciplinary actions taken by industry regulators that relate to securities or commodities business.
  • Pending arbitrations and civil proceedings involving securities or commodities transactions.
  • Pending written complaints alleging sales practice violations and compensatory damages of $5,000 or more.

How to Request a CRD Report

In order to obtain a CRD report; simply call your local state securities regulator. As a matter of practice, stockbrokers and brokerage firms are not advised of your request. If you need to find out how to contact your state securities regulator, you can call the North American Securities Administrators Association at (202) 737-0900. Also, you can access their Internet web site at www.nasaa.org and click on "Find Regulator."

You can also contact the National Association of Securities Dealers Regulation ("NASDR") at (800) 289-9999 or visit its Internet web site at www.nasdr.com. However, the NASDR does not report certain types of information that may be available through your state securities regulator.

This information is easy to obtain and the securities regulators want you to make informed decisions prior to investing your hard-earned dollars. A vast majority of the stockbrokers and brokerage firms are honest and reputable. However, like many professions, there are those individuals and firms who are not. One phone call may save you from sending your money to a bad broker or disreputable brokerage firm.

Iowa Securities Bureau
601 Locust St. - 4th Floor
Des
Moines, IA 50309-3738
515-281-5705

iowasec@iid.iowa.gov

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