Unit Investment Trust Early Rollovers at Merrill Lynch Prompt Millions in FINRA Fines

Unit Investment Trust Early Rollovers at Merrill Lynch Prompt Millions in FINRA Fines

FINRA recently disclosed that Merrill Lynch agreed to an Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC), Case #2017053437701, relating to its failure to establish and maintain a supervisory system that was reasonably designed to achieve compliance with FINRA’s suitability rule as it pertains to early rollovers of Unit Investment Trusts (“UITs”). Because of the long-term nature of UITs, their structure, and their costs, short-term trading of UITs may be unsuitable. What is a Unit Investment Trust? A Unit Investment Trust is a SEC-registered investment company that offers investors shares or “units” in a fixed portfolio of securities in a one-time public offering.…