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Securities Exchange Act of 1934





Rule 15g-3 -- Broker or Dealer Disclosure of Quotations and Other Information Relating to the Penny Stock Market


  1. Requirement. It shall be unlawful for a broker or dealer to effect a transaction in any penny stock with or for the account of a customer unless such broker or dealer discloses to such customer, within the time periods and in the manner required by paragraph (b) of this section, the following information:

    1. The inside bid quotation and the inside offer quotation for the penny stock.

    2. If paragraph (a)(1) of this section does not apply because of the absence of an inside bid quotation and an inside offer quotation:

      1. With respect to a transaction effected with or for a customer on a principal basis (other than as provided in paragraph (a)(2) of this section):

        1. The dealer shall disclose its offer price for the security:

          1. If during the previous five days the dealer has effected no fewer than three bona fide sales to other dealers consistently at its offer price for the security current at the time of those sales, and

          2. If the dealer reasonably believes in good faith at the time of the transaction with the customer that its offer price accurately reflects the price at which it is willing to sell one or more round lots to another dealer.

          For purposes of paragraph (a)(2)(i)(A) of this section, ``consistently'' shall constitute, at a minimum, seventy-five percent of the dealer's bona fide interdealer sales during the previous five-day period, and, if the dealer has effected only three bona fide inter-dealer sales during such period, all three of such sales.
        2. The dealer shall disclose its bid price for the security:

          1. If during the previous five days the dealer has effected no fewer than three bona fide purchases from other dealers consistently at its bid price for the security current at the time of those purchases, and

          2. If the dealer reasonably believes in good faith at the time of the transaction with the customer that its bid price accurately reflects the price at which it is willing to buy one or more round lots from another dealer.

          For purposes of paragraph (a)(2)(i)(B) of this section, ``consistently'' shall constitute, at a minimum, seventy-five percent of the dealer's bona fide interdealer purchases during the previous five-day period, and, if the dealer has effected only three bona fide inter-dealer purchases during such period, all three of such purchases.

        3. If the dealer's bid or offer prices to the customer do not satisfy the criteria of paragraphs (a)(2)(i)(A) or (a)(2)(i)(B) of this section, the dealer shall disclose to the customer:

          1. That it has not effected inter-dealer purchases or sales of the penny stock consistently at its bid or offer price, and

          2. The price at which it last purchased the penny stock from, or sold the penny stock to, respectively, another dealer in a bona fide transaction.

      2. With respect to transactions effected by a broker or dealer with or for the account of the customer:

        1. On an agency basis or

        2. On a basis other than as a market maker in the security, where, after having received an order from the customer to purchase a penny stock, the dealer effects the purchase from another person to offset a contemporaneous sale of the penny stock to such customer, or, after having received an order from the customer to sell the penny stock, the dealer effects the sale to another person to offset a contemporaneous purchase from such customer, the broker or dealer shall disclose the best independent interdealer bid and offer prices for the penny stock that the broker or dealer obtains through reasonable diligence. A broker-dealer shall be deemed to have exercised reasonable diligence if it obtains quotations from three market makers in the security (or all known market makers if there are fewer than three).

    3. With respect to bid or offer prices and transaction prices disclosed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section, the broker or dealer shall disclose the number of shares to which the bid and offer prices apply.

  2. Timing.

    1. The information described in paragraph (a) of this section:

      1. Shall be provided to the customer orally or in writing prior to effecting any transaction with or for the customer for the purchase or sale of such penny stock; and

      2. Shall be given or sent to the customer in writing, at or prior to the time that any written confirmation of the transaction is given or sent to the customer pursuant to Rule 10b-10 of this chapter.

    2. A broker or dealer, at the time of making the disclosure pursuant to paragraph (b)(1)(i) of this section, shall make and preserve as part of its records, a record of such disclosure for the period specified in Rule 17a-4(b).

  3. Definitions. For purposes of this section:

    1. The term bid price shall mean the price most recently communicated by the dealer to another broker or dealer at which the dealer is willing to purchase one or more round lots of the penny stock, and shall not include indications of interest.

    2. The term offer price shall mean the price most recently communicated by the dealer to another broker or dealer at which the dealer is willing to sell one or more round lots of the penny stock, and shall not include indications of interest.

    3. The term inside bid quotation for a security shall mean the highest bid quotation for the security displayed by a market maker in the security on a Qualifying Electronic Quotation System, at any time in which at least two market makers are contemporaneously displaying on such system bid and offer quotations for the security at specified prices.

    4. The term inside offer quotation for a security shall mean the lowest offer quotation for the security displayed by a market maker in the security on a Qualifying Electronic Quotation System, at any time in which at least two market makers are contemporaneously displaying on such system bid and offer quotations for the security at specified prices.

    5. The term Qualifying Electronic Quotation System shall mean an automated interdealer quotation system that has the characteristics set forth in Section 17B(b)(2) of the Act, or such other automated interdealer quotation system designated by the Commission for purposes of this section.


Regulatory History


57 FR 18033, Apr. 28, 1992

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