The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to consider proposals aimed at tackling murky directed-brokerage practices that shareholder advocates say drive up mutual fund expenses with unnecessary trading fees, The Wall Street Journal reports.

In addition, Paul Roye, director of the SEC’s division of investment management, called soft-dollar issues a "front-burner" priority for the Commission next year. Roye made the remarks during a speech before the Consumer Federation of America.

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