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A Broker's Impatience and Need for Instantaneous Gratification
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by Howard Haykin
The only thing that stood between the broker and his promotion was the General Securities Principal (Series 24) qualification exam - He had taken the test once without passing, and was worried about the consequences of failing again.
So, on test day, the broker brought to the testing center some 18 pages from a commercial study guide for the test, and hid those pages in a bathroom stall, inside a dispenser for toilet seat covers. One hour into the exam, the broker took an unscheduled break and visited the restroom for 7 minutes. Another hour later, he took a 2nd unscheduled break – this time for 4 minutes - before returning to the testing center. The broker’s breaks aroused a proctor's suspicions. She searched the restroom, discovered the study materials, and confiscated them.
HOW DOES ONE MEASURE SUCCESS. Often, by successive advancements in a series of jobs throughout one’s career. However, the young broker in this case, who entered the securities industry in 2015, only saw as far as his immediate position. His short-sightedness led to cheating and ultimately to an end of a financial services career.
[For further details, click on … FINRA Case #2019064078501.]