On July 31st, the SEC announced the adoption of amendments to the net capital, customer protection, books and records, and notification rules for broker-dealers. The amendments to the broker-dealer financial responsibility rules are designed to better protect a broker-dealer's customers and enhance the SEC's ability to monitor and prevent unsound business practices. The amendments are effective 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register, which is expected during the week of August 5. SEC Press Release.