| Monday, March 31, 2008
Nancy Condon (202) 728-8379
Herb Perone (202) 728-8464
Statement of FINRA CEO Mary L. Schapiro Regarding Treasury Secretary's Blueprint on Revamping Financial Services Regulation
"This blueprint marks an important beginning to a debate that is critical to the future of investor protection.
"Today's increasingly complex financial services landscape and fragmented regulatory environment has made it nearly impossible for the average investor to navigate the marketplace and fully understand the risks they may be exposed to and the protections they are entitled to.
"Investors shouldn't be left exposed and confused. Retail investors should get the same basic regulatory safeguards and protections no matter which investment product they choose.
"I applaud Secretary Paulson's leadership in raising these issues for debate and look forward to working with Treasury and others to address them."
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