FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that it has added features to BrokerCheck to help users more easily access broker-dealer and investment adviser information. Many of the changes implemented by FINRA address recommendations made in a January, 2011. study by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported FINRA in an article on their website.

BrokerCheck users now have:

1. Centralized access to licensing and registration information on current and former brokers and brokerage firms, and investment adviser representatives and investment adviser firms;

2. The ability to search for and locate a financial services professional based on main office and branch locations, and the ability to conduct ZIP code radius searches (in increments of 5, 15 or 25 miles); and

3. Access to expanded educational content available on BrokerCheck, including new help icons that clarify commonly referenced terms throughout the system and within BrokerCheck reports.

FINRA Executive Vice President, Derek Linden, of Registration and Disclosure, said, “BrokerCheck is the go-to source for investors to find up-to-date accurate information about their broker or potential brokers. FINRA is constantly looking for new ways to make BrokerCheck easier to use and to make the information more accessible to investors.”

BrokerCheck is available to the public at no charge on FINRA’s website,

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