Before selling securities to a consumer, the broker/dealer should determine the suitability of the product for the consumer.
Why, when there have been concerted efforts by both Congress and the bank regulatory agencies (to say nothing of the industry) to reduce regulatory burden, does it seem to be growing instead?
Remember the days when we all called it "consumer compliance"? There was the Consumer Credit Protection Act and all those stories about consumers who needed help.
The OCC recently posted its third quarter CRA ratings. Of 63 banks examined, 10 earned an Outstanding and 53 earned a Satisfactory. The Outstandings are spread throughout the nation.