American Express is attempting to head off an investigation into its revenue-sharing agreements with mutual funds by the National Association of Securities Dealers, The Associated Press reports.

American Express said in a regulatory filing this week that it hopes to fend off charges from the NASD by defending certain types of payments to brokers at its American Express Financial Advisors subsidiary. The NASD put American Express on notice that its practice of doling out enhanced commissions for selling nonproprietary mutual funds that participated in a special network potentially oversteps federal securities laws.

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