What is the FINRA Electronic Records Request?

During an audit, FINRA will surely perform an electronic records request. This request is a sample data set from the firms archive. For instance, the auditor will request historical emails from one or more registered reps, from a certain time data in PST format, they will also ask for a sample of the books and records in their native format, usually word, excel or PDF, or however the firm as decided to store their records.

Therefore, small firms must make sure the provider they have chosen as their D3P has the tools to quickly perform these requests so that historical data can be stored immediately for the FINRA rep. Ideally, these restores will be done from one centralized, secure web interface that the compliance officer can log into anytime, then down the requested data and save it to a password protected zip file which can be supplied to auditors on the spot.

Allan Lonz
Allan Lonz
Allan Lonz, President and CEO of AdvisorVault is a veteran in the field with over 15 years experience providing data compliant solutions to the financial industry, especially for small firms. Recognizing that very few backup vendors understood the data compliance challenges of small broker-dealer firms, Allan created AdvisorVault - a remote backup company designed to provide his customers with a solution to ensure they meet all current rules from FINRA and the SEC. It includes all the hardware and software to remotely backup, archive and ensure disaster recovery of critical electronic records such as email, books and records and all other data at head office, branch offices and remote locations in accordance with rules 17a-3 and 17a-4. With Allan’s deep understanding of technology, compliance and finance he brings a unique mix of expertise that allows him to design a complete turn-key product. Priced at one small monthly fee, this "out-of-the-box " approach takes the burden off his customers shoulders and allows them to experience complete data compliance peace of mind simply and inexpensively.