MSRB Monthly Update: June 2017

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Answering the Call for Additional Regulatory Guidance

MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly

Last month, the MSRB published its first regulatory guidance for solicitor municipal advisors—those financial professionals that are paid to solicit municipal entities for business on behalf of other types of financial professionals. The professional activities of solicitors differ from those of other municipal advisors; however, most MSRB rules established for municipal advisors also apply to solicitors. Our recent guidance seeks to enhance solicitors’ understanding of their obligations when soliciting obligated persons and municipal entities such as issuers of municipal securities and public pension plans. The guidance includes links to many additional resources that dig deeper into the requirements, and serves as an excellent compliance resource for all municipal advisors.


More compliance resources are coming soon. Municipal advisors will soon receive a compliance advisory that provides tips on addressing compliance risks and helps them assess their supervisory controls and strengthen their understanding of MSRB rules. Importantly, we also will soon publish guidance for dealers on implementing new mark-up disclosure requirements, well in advance of the rule's effective date in 2018.


The MSRB knows regulatory guidance is essential to supporting market participants who are committed to maintaining a fair and efficient municipal market. And we are committed to continuing to develop resources that promote regulated entities’ compliance with new and existing standards of conduct. We also recognize that to be effective, our guidance must be informed by input from regulated entities. Stay tuned for evidence of our efforts here and let me know what you think at

Upcoming Municipal Advisor Webinars

Calendar of Events

To further support understanding of regulatory requirements of municipal advisors the MSRB is hosting two webinars in June, which are open and free for all.


Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 Exam) 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET


Staff of the MSRB and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will review the standards of professional qualification for municipal advisors and discuss the enrollment process for taking the MSRB’s Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50). For municipal advisor firms that have yet to enroll an associated person to take the Series 50 exam, the MSRB is providing a reminder that, after September 12, 2017, only associated persons who have passed the Series 50 exam can engage in municipal advisory activity on behalf of the firm. Register for the webinar here.

Municipal Advisor Solicitor Guidance

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET


MSRB staff will discuss the recently published guidance on the application of MSRB rules to solicitor municipal advisors. Under the MSRB’s mandate to protect municipal entities and obligated persons, the MSRB has developed a core regulatory framework for all municipal advisors. The solicitor guidance comprehensively summarizes that framework and specifically addresses how that framework applies to solicitor municipal advisors, which will be discussed during this webinar. Register for the webinar here.

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    • “Role of the Regulator: Understanding the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board”
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    Municipal Yield Curves and Market Indices
    Coming Soon to EMMA®

    As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the tools and information available on its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the MSRB will soon provide free public access to commonly used municipal market yield curves and indices. Market indicators, including yield curves and indices, are among the tools available to help investors and others assess market trends and the value of a municipal security. This information can be useful for understanding the general direction and performance of the market and level of municipal bond interest rates. With this new tool, EMMA users will be able to select different dates to see how a yield curve has changed over time and compare multiple yield curves from the same provider. Stay informed about future changes and enhancements to EMMA features by signing up for MSRB email updates.

    Recent Press Releases


    June 1, 2017: MSRB Seeks Additional Comment on CUSIP Requirements

    May 23, 2017: SEC and MSRB to Hold Webinar on Series 50 Exam for Municipal Advisors


    May 17, 2017: MSRB to Establish Continuing Education Requirements for Municipal Advisors


    Regulatory Roundup

    June 1, 2017: Second Request for Comment on Draft Amendments to and Clarifications of MSRB Rule G-34, on Obtaining CUSIP Numbers 

    May 26, 2017: Proposed Rule Change to Amend MSRB Rule G-26, on Customer Account Transfers, to Modernize the Rule and Promote a Uniform Customer Account Transfer Standard


    May 22, 2017: Federal Register Notice of Approval of Proposed Rule Change to Rule G-3, on Professional Qualification Requirements, and Rule G-8, on Books and Records, to Establish Continuing Education Requirements for Municipal Advisors and Accompanying Recordkeeping Requirements (View the filing)

    May 17, 2017: SEC Approves Continuing Education Requirements for Municipal Advisors


    May 11, 2017: Federal Register Notice of Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Change to Add New MSRB Rule G-49, on Transactions Below the Minimum Denomination of an Issue, to the Rules of the MSRB, and to Rescind Paragraph (f), on Minimum Denominations, from MSRB Rule G-15


    May 8, 2017: MSRB Reminds Municipal Advisors that the Series 50 Exam Deadline Is September 12, 2017