The Securities and Exchange Commission might enforce actions against Morgan Stanley for questionable mutual fund practices, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In its quarterly financial report, Morgan Stanley admitted that multiple actions could be taken against it by the SEC, citing the fact that the SEC has contacted firm officials twice over the past few weeks.

By allegedly not disclosing "sources, types and amounts of compensation" given by investment companies, the New York firm is in danger of disciplinary action. Still another enforcement action stems from allegedly selling Class B fund shares when other share classes would be more appropriate for investors. Morgan Stanley also said that New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has accused the firm of improper fund trading.

To add to its problems, Morgan Stanley is currently being sued by several parties for its dealings with AOL Time Warner stemming from its time as Time Warner’s financial advisor.


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