DEFINITION of 'Series 27'

A securities license entitling the holder to become a chief financial officer for a FINRA member firm. The Series 27 exam is a FINRA exam designed to challenge the test taker's knowledge of issues related to CFO responsibilities, such as statutory rules surrounding broker-dealer responsibilities, and items covered under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970.

BREAKING DOWN 'Series 27'

The Series 27 exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and covers seven general topics, including: Customer Protection, Federal reserve Board Regulations, Net capital Requirements and Uniform Practice Rules. As of 2010, the exam consisted on 145 multiple choice questions and candidates are given 3.5 hours to complete.

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