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CONDUCT RULES (2000–3000)
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IM-3150. Exemptive Relief
(a) Upon written request for exemptive relief pursuant to the Rule 9600 Series, NASD generally will grant an exemption from the reporting requirements of Rule 3150 to a self-clearing firm that:
(1) derives, on an annualized basis, at least 85 percent of its revenue from transactions in fixed income securities;
(2) conducts an institutional business that settles transactions on an RVP/DVP basis, provided that such exemption from reporting shall apply only with respect to such institutional business unless NASD determines that any other remaining business otherwise qualifies for an exemption under this IM-3150 or is de minimis in nature; or
(3) does not execute transactions for customers or otherwise hold customer accounts or act as an introducing broker with respect to customer accounts (e.g., that engages solely in proprietary trading, or that conducts business only with other broker-dealers or any other non-customer counter-parties).
(b) Upon written request for exemptive relief pursuant to the Rule 9600 Series, NASD also generally will grant an exemption to a clearing firm with respect to one or more of the introducing firms for which it clears if the introducing firm meets one of the above-stated grounds for exemptive relief.
(c) Any self-clearing firm that, due to a change in the facts pertaining to the operation and nature of its business or the operation and nature of the business of a firm for which it clears, as applicable, no longer qualifies for an exemption previously granted by NASD from the reporting requirements of Rule 3150 must promptly report such change in circumstances to NASD, Department of Member Regulation, and commence compliance with the reporting requirements of Rule 3150.
Adopted by SR-NASD-2004-014 eff. Feb. 20, 2004.
Selected Notice: 04-24.