On January 31st, FINRA put out a publication intending to highlight new and continuing areas of significance to their regulatory program. As an advisor, I can see why some of these areas may be of concern to regulators as opportunities to either overuse or misuse these products does exist. I also found it interesting that this list includes many of the most popular investment products currently being offered by advisors. The reason for their popularity, at least how I see it, is that these products offer non-correlation to the markets, income protection, speculative potential, or some combination of those elements offered in some kind of complex shell. I applaud FINRA for putting out this kind of publication. In my experience, many investors haven’t taken the proper time to read up on regulatory warnings about financial products so that they understand where the risks of misuse may be. Advisors, broker-dealers, etc, should read these sorts of notes and hopefully will think twice about suitability and appropriateness before recommending something which may be misunderstood by a client, causing a problem down the road.