FINRA has outlined its 2012 watch list of business and sales practices aimed at consumers, citing a challenging economic environment that would tempt investors to buy investments with promises of huge returns.

First on the SRO’s list: yield chasing. Given low Treasury return rates, 1.83% on 10-year Treasuries at the market’s close, the regulator says it is concerned investors might be taking risks that they do not understand or that lack proper disclosure.

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