A new report on FINRA's 2012 actions suggests the self-regulatory body is getting tougher.

FINRA’s enforcement actions rose for the fourth straight year last year, and the dollar amount of fines the self-regulatory agency levied jumped 15%. The amount of sanctions imposed in due diligence cases, meanwhile, climbed to $12.8 million, a 700% increase from $1.6 million in due diligence fines in 2011.

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