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SIE Outline

Major Laws (Depression Era Reforms)

The Securities Act of 1933

Requires the Registration of Securities offerings

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Establishes the SEC

The Investment Company Act of 1940

“The Act requires these companies to disclose their financial condition and investment policies to investors when stock is initially sold and, subsequently, on a regular basis”1

The Investment Adviser Act of 1940

Requires firms/sole practitioners who make money advising others about securities to register with the SEC

Section 1: Knowledge of Capital Markets

1.1 Regulatory Entities, Agencies and Market Participants

1.1.1 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


  • The high-level purpose and mission of securities regulation
  • Definition, jurisdiction and authority of the SEC

SEC Mission

The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.1



1.1.2 Self-regulatory Organizations (SROs)

  • Purpose and mission of an SRO
  • Jurisdiction and authority of SROs (e.g., CBOE, FINRA, MSRB)


  • NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) NASDAQ Yo
  • Exchange Enformencement Arms NYSE





1.1.3 Other Regulators and Agencies

  • Department of the Treasury/IRS
  • State regulators (e.g., NASAA)
  • The Federal Reserve
  • Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

    1.1.4 Market Participants and their Roles

  • Investors (e.g., accredited, institutional, retail)
  • Broker-Dealers (e.g., introducing, clearing, prime brokers)
  • Investment advisers
  • Municipal advisors
  • Issuers and underwriters
  • Traders and market makers
  • Custodians and trustees
  • Transfer agents
  • Depositories and clearing corporations (e.g., Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Options Clearing
    Corporation (OCC))

1.2 Market Structure

1.2.1 Types of Markets

  • The primary market
  • The secondary market (e.g., electronic, over-the-counter (OTC), physical)
  • The third market
  • The fourth market

1.3 Economic Factors

1.3.1 The Federal Reserve Board’s Impact on Business Activity and Market Stability

  • Monetary vs. fiscal policy
  • Open market activities and impact on economy
  • Different rates (e.g., interest rate, discount rate, federal funds rate)

    1.3.2 Business Economic Factors

  • Purpose of financial statements (e.g., balance sheet, income statement)
  • Business cycle (e.g., contraction, trough, expansion, peak)
  • Indicators (e.g., leading, lagging, coincident, inflation)
  • Basic effects on bond and equity markets (e.g., cyclical, defensive, growth)

  • Principal economic theories (e.g., Keynesian, Monetarist)

    1.3.3 International Economic Factors

  • U.S. balance of payments
  • Gross domestic product (GDP), gross national product (GNP)
  • Exchange rates

1.4 Offerings

  • Roles of participants (e.g., investment bankers, underwriting syndicate, municipal advisors)
  • Types of offerings
  • Public vs. private securities offering
  • Initial public offering (IPO), secondary offering and follow-on offering
  • Methods of distribution (e.g., best efforts, firm commitment)
  • Shelf registrations and distributions (e.g., definition, purpose)
  • Types and purpose of offering documents and delivery requirements (e.g., official statement, program disclosure
    document, prospectus)
  • Regulatory filing requirements and exemptions (e.g., SEC, blue-sky laws)



2266 – SIPC Information
2269 – Disclosure of Participation or Interest in Primary or Secondary Distribution
5250 – Payments for Market Making

MSRB Rules

G-11 – Primary Offering Practices
G-32 – Disclosures in Connection with Primary Offerings
G-34 – CUSIP Numbers, New Issue and Market Information Requirements

SEC Rules and Regulations

Securities Act of 1933
Section 7 – Information Required in a Registration Statement
Section 8 – Taking Effect of Registration Statements and Amendments Thereto
Section 10 – Information Required in Prospectus
Section 23 – Unlawful Representations
215 – Accredited Investor
431 – Summary Prospectuses
Schedule A – Schedule of Information Required in Registration Statement
Schedule B – Schedule of Information Required in Registration Statement
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Section 3(a) – Definitions and Application of Title
Section 12 — Registration Requirements for Securities
Section 15 – Registration and Regulation of Brokers and Dealers
Section 15A – Registered Securities Associations
Regulation D – Rules Governing the Limited Offer and Sale of Securities Without Registration Under the
Securities Act of 1933
144 – Persons Deemed Not to Be Engaged in a Distribution and Therefore Not Underwriters
144A – Private Resales of Securities to Institutions
145 – Reclassification of Securities, Mergers, Consolidations and Acquisitions of Assets
147 – “Part of an Issue,” “Person Resident,” and “Doing Business Within” for Purposes of Section 3(a)(11)
164 – Post-filing Free Writing Prospectuses in Connection with Certain Registered Offerings

Section 2: Understanding Products and Their Risks

2.1 Products

2.1.1 Equity Securities

Knowledge of:

  • Ownership (e.g., order of liquidation, limited liability)
  • Voting rights
  • Convertible
  • Control and restrictions (e.g., SEC Rule 144)

Kahn Academy

Common Stock

Grants holder a percentage right to:

  • Profit
  • Voting on Corporate Policy
  • Voting on Board Members


Preferred stock


  • Preference in dividends (if dividends are paid, must pay all preferred shareholders first)
  • Preference in assets, in the event of liquidation.
  • Convertibility to common stock.
  • Call-ability (Redeemable)
  • Nonvoting.
  • Higher dividend yields.



Option to purchase from the issuing corp at a fixed price. Shorter lifetimes than warrents


Entitles holder to buy a security at a fixed value until until an expiry date

Vs Calls

  • Issued by Private parties, not exchanges
  • Come from newly issued stock
  • Longer expiration time than rights



American Depositary Receipts (ADRs)

Securities issued by foreign entities but traded on American exchanges in USD



Order of Liquidation

  • Secured creditors are first in line. (They get the collateral back)
  • Next are unsecured creditors, including employees who are owed money. (They get their wages)
  • Stockholders are paid last. (Haha)

2.1.2 Debt Instruments

  • Municipal securities
  • General obligation (GO) bonds
  • Revenue bonds
  • Others (e.g., special type bonds, taxable municipal securities, short-term obligations)
  • Others (e.g., money market instruments, certificate of deposit (CD), bankers’ acceptance, commercial paper)
    Knowledge of:
  • Varying maturities
  • Generate income (e.g., interest)
  • Coupon value
  • Par value
  • Yield
  • Ratings and rating agencies
  • Callable and convertible features
  • Short-term vs. long-term characteristics
  • Relationship between price and interest rate
  • Negotiated vs. competitive offerings via underwriters and syndicates
  • Auction

Treasury Securities

Treasury securities (e.g., bills, notes, receipts, bonds)


  • #Zero_Coupon Bond
  • No Interest
  • Maturity 4/8/13/26/52 weeks.
  • Sold at Discount of Par Value. Matures to face value

T bills are sold on a schedule and I bet someone would quiz you on that


T note

  • Six Month #Coupon
  • 2/3/5/7/10 Maturities
  • $100 Increments

T Bond

  • Six Month #Coupon
  • 30 Year Maturity

Agency (e.g., asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities)

Regulation AB Definition

“a security that is primarily serviced by the cash flows of a discrete pool of receivables or other financial assets”


#TODO Expand


Corporate Bond


  • Face/Par: Principle value
  • Coupon: Interest at intervals
  • Maturation: Date principle is owed in full

They don’t pay back the face value until maturation date

Zero-Coupon Bond

  • Sold at a discount
  • Face value paid at Maturation


Municipal Bond


2.1.3 Options

  • Types of options
  • Puts and calls
  • Equity vs. index
    Knowledge of:
  • Hedging or speculation
  • Expiration date
  • Strike price
  • Premium


  • Underlying or cash settlement
  • In-the-money, out-of-the money
  • Covered vs. uncovered
  • American vs. European
  • Exercise and assignment
  • Varying strategies (e.g., long, short)
  • Special disclosures (e.g., Options Disclosure Document (ODD))
  • Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) for listed options

2.1.4 Packaged Products

  • Investment companies
  • Types of investment companies
  • Closed-end funds
  • Open-end funds
  • Unit investment trusts (UITs)
  • Variable contracts/annuities
    Knowledge of:
  • Loads
  • Share classes
  • Net asset value (NAV)
  • Disclosures
  • Costs and fees
  • Breakpoints
  • Right of accumulation (ROA)
  • Letter of intent (LOI)
  • Net transactions
  • Surrender charges
  • Sales charges

2.1.5 Municipal Fund Securities

  • 529 Plans
  • Prepaid tuition
  • Savings plans
  • Local government investment pools (LGIPs)
  • ABLE accounts
    Knowledge of:
  • Municipal fund securities
  • Owner vs. beneficiary
  • Restricted use of plan assets
  • Tax advantages
  • Direct or adviser sold

2.1.6 Direct Participation Programs (DPPs)

  • Types of DPPs
  • Limited partnerships
  • Tenants in common (TIC)

Knowledge of:

  • Pass-through tax treatment
  • Unlisted
  • Generally illiquid

2.1.7 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

  • Types of REITs
  • Private
  • Registered, non-listed
  • Listed
    Knowledge of:
  • Real estate equity or debt
  • Tax-advantaged income without double taxation

2.1.8 Hedge Funds

Knowledge of:

  • Minimum investment
  • Partnership structure
  • Private equity
  • Generally illiquid

2.1.9 Exchange-traded Products (ETPs)

  • Types of ETPs
  • Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Exchange-traded notes (ETNs)
    Knowledge of:
  • Alternative investments to mutual funds
  • Fee considerations
  • Active vs. passive

2.2 Investment Risks

  • Definition and Identification of Risk Types

  • Capital

  • Credit
  • Currency
  • Inflationary/purchasing power
  • Interest rate/reinvestment
  • Liquidity
  • Market/systematic
  • Non-systematic
  • Political
  • Prepayment
  • Strategies for Mitigation of Risk
  • Diversification
  • Portfolio rebalancing
  • Hedging


2261 – Disclosure of Financial Condition
2262 – Disclosure of Financial Relationship with Issuer
2310 – Direct Participation Programs
2330 – Members’ Responsibilities Regarding Deferred Variable Annuities
2342 – “Breakpoint” Sales
2360 – Options
MSRB Rules
D-12 – Definition of Municipal Fund Securities
G-17 – Conduct of Municipal Securities and Municipal Advisory Activities
G-30 – Pricing and Commissions
G-45 – Reporting of Information on Municipal Fund Securities
Rule 1.1 – Definitions
SEC Rules and Regulations
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
3a11-1 – Definition of the Term “Equity Security”
10b-18 – Purchases of Certain Equity Securities by the Issuer and Others
Investment Company Act of 1940
Section 3(a) – Definitions - “Investment Company”
Section 4 – Classification of Investment Companies
Section 5 – Subclassification of Management Companies
12b-1 – Distribution of Shares by Registered Open-end Management Investment Company

Section 3: Understanding Trading, Customer Accounts and Prohibited Activities

3.1 Trading, Settlement and Corporate Actions

3.1.1 Orders and Strategies

  • Types of orders (e.g., market, stop, limit, good-til-canceled (GTC), discretionary vs. non-discretionary, solicited
    vs. unsolicited)
  • Buy and sell, bid-ask
  • Trade capacity (e.g., principal, agency)
  • Long and short, naked and covered
  • Bearish and bullish

3.1.2 Investment Returns

  • Components of return (e.g., interest, dividends, realized/unrealized gains, return on capital)
  • Different types of dividends (e.g., cash, stock)
  • Dividend payment dates (e.g., record date, ex-date, payable date)
  • Concepts of measurement (e.g., yield, yield to maturity (YTM), yield to call (YTC), total return, basis points)
  • Cost basis requirements
  • Benchmarks and indices

3.1.3 Trade Settlement

  • Settlement time frames for various products (e.g., T, T + 1, T + 2)
  • Physical vs. book entry (e.g., delivery and settlement)

3.1.4 Corporate Actions

  • Types of corporate actions (e.g., splits, reverse splits, buybacks, tender offers, exchange offers, rights offers,
    mergers and acquisitions (M&A))
  • Impact of stock splits and reverse stock splits on market price and cost basis
  • Adjustments to securities subject to corporate actions
  • Delivery of notices and corporate action deadlines
  • Proxies and proxy voting

3.2 Customer Accounts and Compliance Considerations

3.2.1 Account Types and Characteristics

  • Cash
  • Margin
  • Options
  • Discretionary vs. non-discretionary
  • Fee-based vs. commission
  • Educational accounts

3.2.2 Customer Account Registrations

  • Individual
  • Joint
  • Corporate/institutional
  • Trust (e.g., revocable, irrevocable)
  • Custodial (e.g., UTMA)
  • Partnerships
  • Retirement (e.g., individual retirement account (IRA), qualified plans)
  • Types and characteristics

  • Required minimum distributions

  • Contributions

3.2.3 Anti-money Laundering (AML)

  • Definition of money laundering
  • Stages of money laundering (e.g., structuring, layering, placement)
  • AML compliance program
  • Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)
  • Currency Transaction Report (CTR)
  • FinCEN
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) and the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDNs)

3.2.4 Books and Records and Privacy Requirements

  • Books and records retention requirements
  • Confirmations and account statements
  • Holding of customer mail
  • Business continuity plans (BCP)
  • Customer protection and custody of assets
  • Privacy requirements (e.g., Regulation S-P)
    ◦ Nonpublic personal information
    ◦ Confidentiality of information
    ◦ Privacy notifications
    ◦ Safeguard requirements

3.2.5 Communications with the Public and General Suitability Requirements

  • Communications with the public and telemarketing
    ◦ Classifications and general requirements
    ◦ Do-not-call list
  • Suitability requirements
    ◦ Know-your-customer (KYC)
    ◦ General requirements (e.g., what constitutes a recommendation)

3.3 Prohibited Activities

3.3.1 Market Manipulation

  • Definition of market manipulation
  • Types of market manipulation (e.g., market rumors, pump and dump, front running, excessive trading, marking
    the close, marking the open, backing away, freeriding)

3.3.2 Insider Trading

  • Definition of insider trading
  • Definition of material nonpublic information
  • Identifying involved parties
  • Penalties (e.g., fines, expulsion, incarceration)

3.3.3 Other Prohibited Activities

  • Restrictions preventing associated persons from purchasing initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Use of manipulative, deceptive or other fraudulent devices
  • Improper use of customers’ securities or funds
    ◦ Borrowing from customers
    ◦ Sharing in customer accounts
  • Financial exploitation of seniors
  • Activities of unregistered persons
    ◦ Prohibition against paying commissions to unregistered persons
    ◦ Prohibition against solicitation of customers and taking orders
  • Falsifying or withholding documents
    ◦ Signatures of convenience
    ◦ Responding to regulatory requests
  • Prohibited activities related to maintenance of books and records (e.g., falsifying records and improper
    maintenance/retention of records)



2010 – Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade
2020 – Use of Manipulative, Deceptive or Other Fraudulent Devices
2040 – Payments to Unregistered Persons
2090 – Know Your Customer
2111 – Suitability
2120 – Commissions, Mark Ups and Charges
2150 – Improper Use of Customers’ Securities or Funds; Prohibition Against Guarantees and Sharing in Accounts
2165 – Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults
2210 – Communications with the Public
2231 – Customer Account Statements
2251 – Forwarding of Proxy and Other Issuer-related Materials
2264 – Margin Disclosure Statement
2232 – Customer Confirmations
3150 – Holding of Customer Mail
3210 – Accounts at Other Broker-Dealers and Financial Institutions
3230 – Telemarketing
3240 – Borrowing from or Lending to Customers
3250 – Designation of Accounts
3260 – Discretionary Accounts
3310 – Anti-money Laundering Compliance Program
4210 – Margin Requirements
4370 – Business Continuity Plans and Emergency Contact Information
4511 – General Requirements
4512 – Customer Account Information
4514 – Authorization Records for Negotiable Instruments Drawn From a Customer’s Account
5130 – Restrictions on the Purchase and Sale of Initial Equity Public Offerings
5210 – Publication of Transactions and Quotations
5220 – Offers at Stated Prices
5230 – Payments Involving Publications that Influence the Market Price of a Security
5240 – Anti-intimidation/Coordination
5270 – Front Running of Block Transactions
5280 – Trading Ahead of Research Reports
5290 – Order Entry and Execution Practices
5310 – Best Execution and Interpositioning
5320 – Prohibition Against Trading Ahead of Customer Orders
6438 – Displaying Priced Quotations in Multiple Quotation Mediums

MSRB Rules

G-8 – Books and Records to be Made by Brokers, Dealers, Municipal Securities Dealers, and Municipal Advisors

G-9 – Preservation of Records
G-13 – Quotations
G-14 – Reports of Sales or Purchases
G-15 – Confirmation, Clearance, Settlement and Other Uniform Practice Requirements with Respect to Transactions
with Customers
G-18 – Best Execution
G-21 – Advertising
G-25 – Improper Use of Assets
G-39 – Telemarketing
G-41 – Anti-money Laundering Compliance Program
G-47 – Time of Trade Disclosure

SEC Rules and Regulations

Regulation M
Regulation S-P – Privacy of Consumer Financial Information and Safeguarding Personal Information
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Section 10 – Regulation of the Use of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices
Section 11(d) – Trading by Members of Exchanges, Brokers and Dealers – “Prohibition on Extension of Credit by
Section 14 – Proxies
Section 15 – Rules Relating to Over-the-Counter Markets
Section 20A – Liability to Contemporaneous Traders for Insider Trading
Section 21A – Civil Penalties for Insider Trading
10b-1 – Prohibition of Use of Manipulative or Deceptive Devices or Contrivances with Respect to Certain
Securities Exempted from Registration
10b-3 – Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices by Brokers or Dealers
10b-5 – Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices
10b5-1 – Trading on Material Nonpublic Information in Insider Trading Cases
10b5-2 – Duties of Trust or Confidence in Misappropriation Insider Trading Cases
10b-10 – Confirmation of Transactions
15c1-2 – Fraud and Misrepresentation
15c1-3 – Misrepresentation by Brokers, Dealers and Municipal Securities Dealers as to Registration
15c2-12 – Municipal Securities Disclosure
17a-3 – Records to be Made by Certain Exchange Members, Brokers and Dealers
17a-4 – Records to be Preserved by Certain Exchange Members, Brokers and Dealers
Investment Company Act of 1940
17a-6 – Exemption for Transactions with Portfolio Affiliates
17a-7 – Exemption of Certain Purchase or Sale Transactions Between an Investment Company and Certain
Affiliated Persons Thereof

Insider Trading & Securities Fraud Enforcement Act of 1988 (ITSFEA)

Federal Reserve Board

Regulation T

Federal Trade Commission

Telemarketing Sales Rule


Section 314 – Cooperative Efforts to Deter Money Laundering
Section 326 – Verification of Identification
Section 352 – Anti-Money Laundering Programs

Section 4: Overview of the Regulatory Framework

4.1 SRO Regulatory Requirements for Associated Persons

4.1.1 Registration and Continuing Education

  • SRO qualification and registration requirements
    ◦ Definition of registered vs. non-registered person
    ◦ Permitted activities of registered and non-registered persons
    ◦ Ineligibility for membership or association
    ◦ Background checks
    ◦ Fingerprinting
    ◦ Statutory disqualification
    ◦ Failing to register an associated person
  • State registration requirements (e.g., blue-sky laws)
  • Continuing Education (CE) requirement
    ◦ Firm Element
    ◦ Regulatory Element

4.2 Employee Conduct and Reportable Events

4.2.1 Employee Conduct

  • Form U4 and Form U5 (e.g., purpose, when to update forms)
  • Consequences of filing misleading information or omitting information
  • Customer complaints
  • Potential red flags

4.2.2 Reportable Events

  • Outside business activities
  • Private securities transactions
  • Reporting of political contributions and consequences for exceeding dollar contribution thresholds
  • Dollar and value limits for gifts and gratuities and non-cash compensation
  • Business entertainment
  • Felony, financial-related misdemeanors, liens, bankruptcy



Article I – Definitions
Article III – Qualifications of Members and Associated Persons
Article IV – Membership
Article V – Registered Representatives and Associated Persons
Article VI – Dues, Assessments, and Other Charges
Article XII – Disciplinary Proceedings
Article XV – Limitations of Power


0100 Series – General Standards
1000 Series – Member Application and Associated Person Registration
1122 – Filing of Misleading Information as to Membership or Registration
1250 – Continuing Education Requirements
2060 – Use of Information Obtained in Fiduciary Capacity
2263 – Arbitration Disclosure to Associated Persons Signing or Acknowledging Form U4
2267 – Investor Education and Protection
2310(c) – Non-cash Compensation
2320(g)(4) – Non-cash Compensation
2341(l)(5) – Non-cash Compensation
3110(e) – Responsibility of Member to Investigate Applicants for Registration
3220 – Influencing or Rewarding the Employees of Others
3270 – Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons
3280 – Private Securities Transactions of an Associated Person
4513 – Written Customer Complaints
4330 – Customer Protection – Permissible Use of Customers’ Securities
4530 – Reporting Requirements
5110(h) – Non-cash Compensation
8312 – FINRA’s BrokerCheck Disclosure


7.10 – Fingerprint-based Background Checks of Exchange Directors, Officers, Employees and Others

MSRB Rules

G-2 – Standards of Professional Qualifications
G-3 – Professional Qualification Requirements
G-7 – Information Concerning Associated Persons
G-10 – Delivery of Investment Brochure
G-20 – Gifts, Gratuities and Non-cash Compensations
G-37 – Political Contributions and Prohibitions on Municipal Securities Business

SEC Rules and Regulations

Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Section 3(a)(39) – Definitions and Application of Title (Statutory Disqualification)
17f-2 – Fingerprinting of Securities Industry Personnel

Practice Exam Notes

MRSP Political Contributions

  • Topic MSRB
  • Potlical Contributions capped at $250
  • Source

Pricing Bonds

Stocks vs treasuries

  • Util Stocks maintain value
  • T Bills are short term securities
  • T Bonds are long term securities
  • Blue chip stocks are reliable

Syndication Desk

Insider Trading

  • Which shit sounds public



Government Agency Issues


Wrong shit

  • Bond Pricing
  • No Load Vs Load Mutual Funds
  • Open Ended Investment Company
  • Gotta Report DUIS
  • Bankrupcty stakeholder order
  • Quaterly reporting of customers position