69W-600.013. Prohibited Business Practices for Dealers and Their Associated Persons  


Effective on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
  • 1(1) The following are deemed demonstrations of unworthiness by a dealer under Section 14517.161(1)(h), F.S., 16without limiting that term to the practices specified herein:

    25(a) Extending, arranging for, or participating in arranging for credit to a customer in violation of Regulation T, Credit by Brokers and Dealers, (4912 C.F.R. §§52220.1 through 54220.12, 55220.101, 220.103, 220.105, 220.108, 220.110, 220.111, 220.113, 220.117, 220.118, 220.119, 220.121, 220.122, 220.123, 220.124, 220.127, 220.128, 71220.131 72and 220.132) and 7512 C.F.R. §221.125 78of Regulation U. The foregoing rules are incorporated by reference in Rule 9069W-200.002, 91F.A.C.

    92(b) Executing any transaction in a margin account without obtaining from its customer a written margin agreement prior to settlement date for the initial transaction in the account.

    120(c) Failing to segregate customers’ free securities or securities in safekeeping.

    131(d) Hypothecating a customer’s securities in violation of SEC Rule 8c-1, (14317 C.F.R. §240.8c-1146), 147which is incorporated by reference in Rule 15469W-200.002, 155F.A.C.

    156(e) Failing to execute a customer’s order.

    163(f) Executing orders for the purchase by a customer of securities not registered under Section 178517.081 179or 180517.082, F.S., 182unless the securities are exempted under section 189517.051, F.S., 191or the transaction is exempted under Section 198517.061, F.S.

    200(g) Representing itself as a financial or investment planner, consultant, or advisers, when the representation does not fairly describe the nature of the services offered, the qualifications of the person offering the services, and the method of compensation for the services.

    241(h) With respect to any customer, transaction or business in this state, violating any of the following:

    2581. 259Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules contained in the Rule 2000 Series (Duties and Conflicts), Rule 3000 Series (Supervision and Responsibilities Relating to Associated Persons), Rule 4000 Series (Financial and Operational Rules), Rule 5000 Series (Securities Offering and Trading Standards and Practices), Rule 6000 Series (Quotation and Transaction Reporting Facilities), Rule 7000 Series (Clearing, Transaction and Order Data Requirements, and Facility Charges), or Rule 11000 Series (Uniform Practice Code); or National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Conduct Rules contained in Rule 2340 or 2510 (Business Conduct), or Rule 3140, 3150, or IM-3150 (Responsibilities Relating to Associated Persons, Employees, and Others’ Employees). The foregoing rules are incorporated by reference in Rule 36969W-200.002, 370F.A.C.

    3712. For members of the New York Stock Exchange, Rule 412 or 435 of the New York Stock Exchange, 390which are incorporated by reference in Rule 39769W-200.002, 398F.A.C.

    3993. Section 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of the Securities Act of 1933, (15 U.S.C.A. §§77b, 77c, 77d, 77e or 77f), or SEC Rules 134, 134a, 135a, 144, 144A, 156, 419, 481 or 482, (43517 C.F.R. §§230.134, 438230.134a, 230.135a, 230.144, 230.144A, 230.156, 230.419, 230.481 or 230.482), 447which are incorporated by reference in rule 45469W-200.002, 455F.A.C.

    4564. Section 15(b)(4)(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (46715 U.S.C. §78o(b)(4)(E)470) or Regulation SHO (47517 C.F.R. §§242.200-242.203478), 479which are incorporated by reference in Rule 48669W-200.002, 487F.A.C.

    4885. Section 15B of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (49915 U.S.C. §78o-4502), or the following rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB): MSRB Definitional Rules D-1 to D-15 and General Rules G-1 to G-48. The foregoing 528are incorporated by reference in Rule 53469W-200.002, 535F.A.C.

    5366. Section 248.30 of Regulation S-P (54317 C.F.R. 545§248-30), which is incorporated by reference in Rule 55369W-200.002, 554F.A.C.

    5557. To the extent that any of the rules described in subparagraphs 1. through 6. of this section or their interpretation by the FINRA, NASD, NYSE, MSRB, or SEC, as appropriate, conflict or are inconsistent with other provisions of the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act or rules promulgated pursuant thereto, this paragraph of this rule shall not be deemed controlling.

    616(i) Failing to furnish to a customer purchasing securities in an offering, not later than the date of confirmation of the transaction, either a final prospectus or a preliminary prospectus and an additional document, which together include all information set forth in the final prospectus.

    661(j) Introducing customer transactions on a “fully disclosed” basis to another dealer that is not registered under Chapter 517, F.S., unless the customer is a person described in Section 690517.061(7), F.S.

    692(k) Recommending to a customer that the customer engage the services of an investment adviser that is not registered or exempt from registration under Chapter 517, F.S., unless the customer is a person described in Section 728517.061(7), F.S.

    730(l) Recommending to a customer that the customer engage the services of an investment adviser in connection with which the dealer receives a fee or remuneration (other than directed business) from the investment advise, r765unless the dealer is registered with the Office as an investment adviser pursuant to Rule 69W-600.0016, F.A.C. or notice-filed pursuant to Rule 69W-600.0017, 788F.A.C.

    789(m) Selling or offering for sale any security in a transaction exempt from registration pursuant to Section 806517.061(17)(a)1., F.S., 808where the issuer of such securities has not filed with the SEC within the specified period of time all reports required by Sections 13 or 15D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (84215 U.S.C. §§78m, 84578o-6), 846which are incorporated by reference in Rule 85369W-200.002, 854F.A.C.

    855(n) Giving false or otherwise misleading customer information to any financial institution or regulatory agency.

    870(o) Any unethical practice pursuant to Rule 87769W-600.0133, 878F.A.C.

    879(2) The following are deemed demonstrations of unworthiness by an associated person of a dealer under section 896517.161(1)(h), F.S., 898without limiting that term to the practices specified herein:

    907(a) Borrowing money or securities from a customer, except when persons are in compliance with FINRA Rule 3240, 925which is incorporated by reference in Rule 93269W-200.002, 933F.A.C.;

    934(b) Acting as a custodian for money, securities or an executed stock power of a customer;

    950(c) Effecting transactions in securities, or investments as defined by Section 961517.301(2), F.S., 963not recorded on the regular books or records of the dealer, which the associated person represents, unless the transactions are disclosed to, and authorized in writing by, the dealer prior to execution of the transactions;

    998(d) Operating an account under a fictitious name, unless disclosed to the dealer, which the associated person represents;

    1016(e) Sharing directly or indirectly in profits or losses in the account of any customer without the written authorization of the customer and the dealer, which the associated person represents;

    1046(f) Dividing or otherwise splitting commissions, profits or other compensation in connection with the purchase or sale of securities in this state with any person not also licensed as an associated person for the same dealer, or for a dealer under direct or in indirect common control;

    1093(g) Failing to furnish to each offeree of a Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) a copy of the “Florida Guide to Small Business Investments,” OFR-S-13-97, effective 11-22-10, which is hereby incorporated by reference and available at 1130http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-11278; 1132and

    1133(h) Engaging in any of the practices specified in paragraph (1)(a), (b), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (k), (l), (m), (n) or (o).

    1156Rulemaking Authority 1158517.03(1), 1159517.1217 FS. 1161Law Implemented 1163517.081, 1164517.1217, 1165517.161(1) FS. 1167History–New 12-5-79, Amended 9-20-82, Formerly 3E-600.13, Amended 8-1-91, 6-16-92, 1-11-93, 11-7-93, 5-5-94, 9-9-96, 10-20-97, 1-25-00, 10-30-03, Formerly 3E-600.013, Amended 10-23-06, 1-18-09, 11-22-10, 9-22-14, 11-15-16, 11-26-19.