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National Securities Markets Improvement Act (NSMIA)

National Securities Markets Improvement Act (NSMIA)

What is 'National Securities Markets Improvement Act - NSMIA'

Passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996, the NSMIA was an attempt to update and amend previous security acts and create one uniform code that companies and regulators could follow.

Explaining 'National Securities Markets Improvement Act - NSMIA'

This bill deals with securities, brokers, advisors, and dealers. Its goal is to provide a federally imposed set of rules, instead of having to deal with each individual state's rules and regulations.


National Securities Markets Improvement Act (nsmia) FAQ

What are federally covered securities?

Covered securities are subject to federally imposed exemptions from state restrictions and regulations. Their purpose was for the standardization of security regulations and filings across the U.S., rather than making individual companies register, file and comply with differing state regulations.

What are exempted securities?

Exempt securities are government backed and have tax-exempt status. An exempt transaction is a securities exchange that should register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but does not because of the nature of the transaction in question.

Who must register as an investment adviser?

Generally, advisers with at least $25 million in assets under management or provide advice to investment companies should register with the SEC. Advisors managing smaller amounts typically register with state securities authorities.

What is the difference between a registered representative and a registered investment advisor?

Suitability standards govern registered representatives while fiduciary standards govern registered investment advisors. Fiduciary standards, which go beyond standard suitability, regulates registered investment advisors.

What is an exempt transaction Uniform Securities Act?

An exempt transaction is a securities transaction type, in which a business is not required to file registrations with any regulatory bodies, as long as the number of securities involved is relatively minor compared to the scope of the issuer's operations and no new securities are being issued.

Who is a supervised person of an investment adviser?

The term “person associated with an investment adviser” means any partner, officer, or director of such investment adviser (or any person performing similar functions), or any person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by such investment adviser.

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