WSR 07-08-053

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(Securities Division)

[ Filed March 29, 2007, 9:16 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The securities division solicits comments on the possible amendment of its rules to regulate the use of professional designations by broker-dealers, investment advisers, and their representatives relating to senior citizens. The securities division particularly seeks comments concerning the means by which it may effectively regulate the use of professional senior designations by those dealing with the needs of senior investors.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 21.20.450.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The division notes the growth in the use of professional designations which state or imply that a person has special expertise, certification, or training in advising or servicing senior citizens. Use of such professional designations in connection with the offer or sale of securities or the rendering of investment advice by broker-dealers, investment advisers and their representatives who do not possess special expertise, certification or training may result in the deception of investors.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Broker-dealers, investment advisers and their representatives are subject to regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission under federal law. Broker-dealers and their representatives are also subject to regulation by the NASD, a self-regulatory organization authorized under federal law. Neither the SEC nor the NASD, however, directly regulate the use of senior designations.

Process for Developing New Rule: In addition to soliciting comments from interested persons, the division will review laws from other states. If available, the division will also review any model rule developed by the North American Securities Administrators Association.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Faith L. Anderson, Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division, P.O. Box 9033, Olympia, WA 98507-9033, phone (360) 725-7825, fax (360) 704-6480, e-mail fanderson@dfi.wa.gov.

March 28, 2007

Michael E. Stevenson

Director of Securities

Washington State Code Reviser's Office