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2359. Position and Exercise Limits; Liquidations

(a) Position Limits
Except with the prior written approval of FINRA pursuant to the Rule 9600 Series for good cause shown, no member shall effect for any account in which such member has an interest, or for the account of any partner, officer, director or employee thereof, or for the account of any customer, a purchase or sale transaction in an index warrant listed on a national securities exchange if the member has reason to believe that as a result of such transaction the member, or partner, officer, director or employee thereof, or customer would, acting alone or in concert with others, directly or indirectly, hold or control an aggregate position in an index warrant issue on the same side of the market, combining such index warrant position with positions in index warrants overlying the same index on the same side of the market, in excess of the position limits established by the exchange on which the index warrant is listed.
(b) Exercise Limits
(1) Except with the prior written approval of FINRA pursuant to the Rule 9600 Series for good cause shown, in each instance, no member or person associated with a member shall exercise, for any account in which such member or person associated with such member has an interest, or for the account of any partner, officer, director or employee thereof, or for the account of any customer, a long position in any index warrant if as a result thereof such member or partner, officer, director or employee thereof or customer, acting alone or in concert with others, directly or indirectly, has or will have exceeded the applicable exercise limit fixed from time to time by an exchange for an index warrant.
(2) FINRA, pursuant to the Rule 9600 Series for good cause shown, may institute other limitations concerning the exercise of index warrants from time to time. Reasonable notice shall be given of each new limitation fixed by FINRA. These exercise limitations are separate and distinct from any other exercise limitations imposed by the issuers of index warrants.
(c) Liquidations
(1) Whenever FINRA determines that a person or group of persons acting in concert holds or controls an aggregate position (whether short or long) in index warrants overlying the same index in excess of the position limitations established by paragraph (a), it may, when deemed necessary or appropriate in the public interest and for the protection of investors, direct any member or all members carrying a position in index warrants overlying such index for such person or persons to liquidate such position or positions, or portions thereof, as expeditiously as possible and consistent with the maintenance of an orderly market, so as to bring such person or persons into compliance with the position limitations contained in paragraph (a).
(2) Whenever such a directive is issued by FINRA no member receiving notice thereof shall accept and/or execute for any person or persons named in such directive any order to purchase or sell short any index warrants based on the same index, unless in each instance express approval therefor is given by FINRA, or the directive is rescinded.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-032 eff. Feb. 17. 2009.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-087 eff. Aug. 1, 2006
Amended by SR-NASD-97-28 eff. Aug. 7, 1997.
Adopted by SR-NASD-95-37 eff. Sept. 28, 1995.

Selected Notices: 95-82, 08-57, 08-78.

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