WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission on Wednesday adopted amendments to its
financial responsibility rules for broker-dealers, as well as
rules designed to increase protection for investors who hold
their money in such firms.
The SEC amended the rules for net capital, customer
protection, books and records and notification as part of a set
of technical changes to the responsibility rules.
The increased investor protection rules require
broker-dealers to file new reports that should result in higher
levels of compliance with the SEC's rules, the agency said.
The agency voted unanimously for the amendments, but was
split 3-2 over the new protection rules.
(Reporting by Douwe Miedema; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)