About FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)
FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC’s oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA’s independent regulation plays a critical role in America’s financial system–all at no cost to taxpayers.
FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business—from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms.
All told, FINRA oversees more than 4,000 brokerage firms, nearly 161,000 branch offices and more than 637,700 registered securities representatives. FINRA performs various market regulation functions under contract for almost every equities market in the United States, including the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Arca, NYSE MKT, NASDAQ, NASDAQ Options Market, NASDAQ OMX Philadelphia, NASDAQ OMX BX, BZX, BYZ, EDGA and EDGX Exchanges.
In addition, FINRA is responsible for regulating about 60 percent of the options market. FINRA performs various market regulation functions for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), C2 Options Exchange and MIAX Options Exchange.
In today’s fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets.
FINRA has approximately 3,500 employees and operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with 20 regional offices around the country.
Find out more about us and how we work — and view our current openings — at www.finra.org/careers