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DEFINITION of 'Series 6'

A securities license entitling the holder to register as a limited representative and sell mutual funds, variable annuities and insurance premiums. Holders of the Series 6 license are not permitted to sell corporate or municipal securities, direct participation programs and options.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Series 6'

In order to obtain the Series 6 license, candidates must pass the Investment Company/Variable Contracts Products Limited Representative (Series 6) exam. The Series 6 exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD)), and covers topics on mutual funds, variable annuities, securities and tax regulations, retirement plans and insurance products. A passing grade is achieved by correctly answering at least 70 of 100 questions correctly within two hours and 15 minutes.

Candidates must be sponsored by a member of FINRA or a self-regulatory organization (SRO) in order to write the exam. Upon receiving a passing grade, candidates must then register with FINRA through their sponsoring firms in order to transact authorized securities.

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