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Under FINRA 3010, each brokerage firm must “design and implement written procedures” in order to properly and effectively supervise the activities of each of its brokers and other employees.
When an individual broker is negligent or acts in an unlawful manner against the interests of the client and that client suffers damages as a result of such wrongdoing, the firm may be held liable for the investor’s losses
There are also instances in which a brokerage firm may be held liable for failure to supervise without the individual broker being held responsible for damages. Brokers are required to complete standardized training and pass exams administered by the FINRA. If it is found that a brokerage firm did not properly train a broker, did not ensure the broker obtained the necessary license, or furnished the broker with false information, the brokerage firm alone may be liable for damages caused by the broker’s negligence or misconduct. In addition, brokerage firms are responsible for conducting due diligence on the securities products they sell and devising a written supervisory system to achieve compliance with the securities laws.