FINRA has fined Merrill Lynch $1.5 million over its alleged breach of supervisory and disclosure-related rules involving short positions in municipal securities. The firm was censured, fined, and required to certify that its supervisory systems and written procedures are reasonably designed to achieve compliance with Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Rules G-17 and G-27 and Rule 15C3-3(D)(4) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act). The firm was also required to certify that its revised written supervisory procedures have been distributed to all firm personnel with responsibilities for compliance with MSRB Rules G-17 and G-27 and Exchange Act Rule 15C3-3(D)(4).
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