WASHINGTON -- Matt Fink didn't exactly go gentle into that good night during his last days at the helm.

The Investment Company Institute president of 13 years made his last public appearance at the mutual fund trade group's General Membership Meeting here and took a series of tough questions from CNBC correspondent Tyler Mathisen just days before his retirement. The discussion was a departure from the typical rhetoric the industry has heard from the ICI skipper in the past, particularly those leading up to the uncovering of a widespread trading scandal that has rocked the $7.5 trillion industry.

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