Richard Ketchum, the retiring CEO of FINRA, said that the regulator intends to expand the reporting available through its BrokerCheck® web tool to include relative concentrations of disciplined brokers in industry firms.

Some studies have found that brokers terminated for misconduct often are hired by firms having a higher incidence of their own misconduct. “There are firms that hire from the predatory firms that go out of business. That is your biggest risk,” said Ketchum.

Ketchum also said that FINRA is considering making its underlying BrokerCheck data available for bulk download for research. I wrote about increasing calls for the ability to mine FINRA’s disciplinary data last month, here.

The changes were reported in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal (May 7-8 at B7).