Registered Principal


DEFINITION of 'Registered Principal'

A licensed securities dealer who is also empowered to oversee operational, compliance, trading and sales operations and the personnel who staff them. Registered principals must have all the basic securities licenses required for the operation they oversee plus an additional principal license.

BREAKING DOWN 'Registered Principal'

Th Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Stock Exchange, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other regulatory agencies require that certain activities be approved by a registered principal of a securities firm. Sales and advertising literature must be approved by a principal prior to use, for example.

Individual firms often supplement the approval procedures with higher levels of supervisory responsibility. One of the most well-known types of registered principals includes registered options principals (Series 4 required).

  1. Compliance Registered Options Principal ...

    A supervisory and compliance position that FINRA required of ...
  2. Senior Registered Options Principal ...

    An officer or general partner of an options trading firm who ...
  3. Series 4

    A securities license entitling the holder to supervise options ...
  4. Broker

    1. An individual or firm that charges a fee or commission for ...
  5. Series 24

    A securities license entitling the holder to supervise and manage ...
  6. Series 9/10

    A securities license entitling the holder to supervise branch ...
Related Articles
  1. Professionals

    Breaking Down Financial Securities Licenses

    Find out which exam you need to begin your career as an investment professional.
  2. Professionals

    What The Series 24 Exam Won't Teach You

    Can you handle being the judge and jury in your firm? Find out what surprising tasks a job as a principal entails.
  3. Brokers

    Uncovering The Securities Firm

    Learn about the various departments of a securities firm and the professionals who make it work.
  4. Credit & Loans

    Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  5. Options & Futures

    Cyclical Versus Non-Cyclical Stocks

    Investing during an economic downturn simply means changing your focus. Discover the benefits of defensive stocks.
  6. Active Trading

    10 Steps To Building A Winning Trading Plan

    It's impossible to avoid disaster without trading rules - make sure you know how to devise them for yourself.
  7. Insurance

    Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  8. Fundamental Analysis

    Using Decision Trees In Finance

    A decision tree provides a comprehensive framework to review the alternative scenarios and consequences a decision may lead to.
  9. Options & Futures

    Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  10. Options & Futures

    Terrorism's Effects on Wall Street

    Terrorist activity tends to have a negative impact on the markets, but just how much? Find out how to take cover.
  1. What is the difference between Series 9/10 and Series 24 qualification exams?

    Both Series 9/10 and 24 are the exams that must be completed by a principal before he or she can supervise certain sales ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Are variable annuities safe?

    As of October 2015, many life insurance companies, and those companies that sell variable annuities, have experienced economic ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How are variable annuities regulated?

    The sale of a variable annuity is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do hedge funds use equity options?

    With the growth in the size and number of hedge funds over the past decade, the interest in how these funds go about generating ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Is a financial advisor required to have a degree?

    Financial advisors are not required to have university degrees. However, they are required to pass certain exams administered ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can mutual funds invest in options and futures?

    Mutual funds invest in not only stocks and fixed-income securities but also options and futures. There exists a separate ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Cyber Monday

    An expression used in online retailing to describe the Monday following U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday is generally ...
  2. Bar Chart

    A style of chart used by some technical analysts, on which, as illustrated below, the top of the vertical line indicates ...
  3. Take A Bath

    A slang term referring to the situation of an investor who has experienced a large loss from an investment or speculative ...
  4. Black Friday

    1. A day of stock market catastrophe. Originally, September 24, 1869, was deemed Black Friday. The crash was sparked by gold ...
  5. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  6. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
Trading Center