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Alerts

If you are interested in following the developments relevant to any page, statute, statutory provision, rule set or rule, just click on the Alert icon on that page.  You will then receive a weekly alert as to any Cabinet news story that cited to the page or material as to which you requested an Alert.  If you select the Alert function for any "parent" page, you will receive alerts for any "child" of that page.  For example, if you selected "Alert" for the Securities Exchange Act, you will receive an Alert with respect to any citation in the Cabinet News of any Section of that Act. 

You can subscribe to any page that has the Alert icon:

When you click the Alert icon, it will change to the Remove Alert icon:

Click the Remove Alert icon to stop receiving alerts about that page.

You can manage your alert subscriptions from the Alerts tab on your user page. Access that page directly via the menu with your name in the upper-right corner of the screen:

Every Monday you should receive an email with links to all relevant News and Events related to any page to which your are subscribed for Alerts.  If you would like more information on the operation of Alerts, please contact wsadd@cwt.com.

Subscribers can find a detailed set of instructions here.


Printing

Print operates using Ctrl+P. What gets printed is essentially what you see is what you get

So, if you are looking at a rulebook and the Table of Contents is open and visible on your screen, then the Table of Contents will display when you print. If the Table of Contents is closed and invisible, then it will not display when you print. If "Related News" or another sidebar reference is open on the right sidebar, then those news items will display at the bottom of the page when you print.

As an example, let's look at Exchange Act Rule 15c3-3.

Here we have the TOC open at left and one of the sidebar references tab open at right (just "Events" in this example):

Then when we print using Ctrl+P, the result will be that the TOC is displayed and the "Events" sidebar reference will be open and visible at the bottom of the document:

If we close up the TOC, then this would be the result:


Bookmarking

You can bookmark any page that has the Bookmark icon:

The advantage of using Cabinet bookmarks (as opposed to bookmarking from your browser) is that your bookmarks will be available from any device from which you log into the site.  In addition, it will allow you to keep separate your Cabinet bookmarks from other browser bookmarks. 

When you click the Bookmark icon, it will change to the Unbookmark icon:

Click the Unbookmark icon to remove the page from your bookmarks.

You can access and manage your bookmarks from the My Bookmarks tab on your user page. Access that page directly via the menu with your name in the upper-right corner of the screen:


Calendar Feeds

FindKnowDo tracks important regulatory event dates for several federal agencies and private SROs. You can view them at any time in the Events tab. Many people, however, will prefer to import FindKnowDo regulatory event dates into their own calendar, e.g. Microsoft Outlook. The advantage to doing so is that your FindKnowDo subscription entitles you to real-time updates, also known as “feeds”, as we publish them. Powerful calendaring apps such as Outlook will automatically pull down these updates within a refresh window, typically a couple of hours, keeping you instantly abreast of changes as the FindKnowDo professionals publish them.

Subscribers and free users can find a detailed set of instructions here.


Sorting Results

By default, search results are sorted by "relevancy." This setting can be changed to "date" or "title" by clicking on the relevant link at the top left of the advanced search page.

Relevancy sorts search results based on how often a search term appears in a document and how rare the term is in the entire document collection. If a user searches for a combination of terms (phrase), additional preference is given to documents that contain the closest version of that combination/phrase.

Date gives results in chronological order, from newest to oldest (or oldest to newest if you click Date twice).

Title puts the results in alphabetical order.

Citation search

You can quickly find certain Cabinet materials by searching by their citation.  To do so, click the "Use Citation" checkbox at the right side of the search box and then use the canonical citation format.  Some examples (description in parentheses):

  • 83 FR 14852 (Federal Register)
  • SEA Rule 10C-1 (Securities Exchange Act, Rule 10C-1)
  • SA Section 2A (Securities Act, Section 2A)
  • CRD 2457055 (Individual or firm FINRA CRD number)

Word Variants

A search on a particular word will generally include any common variants of the word, as well as plural forms. Thus a search on the letters "secur" will provide results that include the words "secure", "security" and "securities".

Inclusion, Either Or, Exclusion

and/or. Search in the Cabinet treats a list of words as all required to be in the relevant document. Thus, the search options futures will turn up a document only if it includes both the word options and the word futures. You may also search on option and futures to obtain that result.

If you are looking for documents that use either of those words, but not necessarily both, connect the terms with or. Thus, a search on option or futures will return documents that use either term, or both terms.

not. To exclude a word, you may use the term not. For example, if you want to search on "options", but only options treated as securities, you might use the search: options not futures.

Exact Phrases

If you are looking for an exact phrase, you should surround the search terms with quotes. For example, a search on "security futures" will turn up documents with that exact term, but not documents that use both terms but do not use them in combination.

Logical Grouping Using Parentheses

Parentheses around terms can be used to create more exact search instructions, or combine multiple queries with different operators or to perform nested queries. For example, (swap or futures) and equity will return documents that have (i) either the word swap or the word futures and (ii) that also have the word equity.

Proximity

Where you want to search for terms that you expect to be close together, you may put the relevant words in quotes and RIGHT NEXT to the quotes, add a tilde (which looks like this:~) and a number (which indicates the degree of permissible separation between the words. Note that there should be no space after the closing quote or after the tilde.

For example: as search on: "transactions commerce"~3 will return results that include "transactions in interstate commerce. Similarly, a search on: "liability agent"~7 will return results that include "liability of the principal for an agent".

Title Only

If you wish to search only on the words in the title of a document, use the formulation Label:Word   For example, a search on Label:confirmation will give you results with the word "confirmation" in the title of the document.   

Wildcard Searches Using * or ?

The symbols * and ? are wildcards that can be used for either (i) many letters in the case of the * or (ii) a single letter in the case of the ?

How to spell with wildcards. If you are not sure how a word is spelled, you may use the wildcard: *. For example, in the case of the Volcker Rule, if you are not sure whether it is spelled with a ck, or just a c, or just a k, you may search on: Vol*er. Similarly, if you are not sure whether the word you want is affect or effect, you may search on ?ffect

The * wildcard can also be used if you want to find all words that begin with the same letters. For example, a search oncCommo* will turn results that include both the word "commodity" and the word "common".

Beginnings and endings. Putting * in the middle of a word will return all words that have the specified beginning and ending. For example,: a*k will provide search results that include the words ask, attack and asset-back.

Note: wildcard searches don't work in phrases.

Boosting

In some cases, you may be searching for related terms such as (i) "securities lending" and repurchase or (ii) put and call, but you may have more interest in one term rather than the other. In that case you can give a "boost" to the favored term by putting a ^10 after it. [The number 10 is arbitrary; the number could be higher or lower, but the caret (which is above the number six on the keyboard) is required.]

For example, you will get different results, as a result of this boost if you search: lending^10 and repurchase as opposed to lending and repurchase^10. Same number of results but in a different order.


Collections

Cabinet Compilations is a list, primarily by agency, of the public laws, Federal Register releases, no-action letters, interpretations, and other compilations of materials currently included on the Cabinet. A separate list of statutes and rules on the Cabinet is also available.