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News Flash- NASD May Take Action Against ING Funds Unit

A U.S. subsidiary of Dutch financial services firm ING Group indicated in an SEC filing that the NASD has made a preliminary recommendation that an enforcement action be brought against the affiliate and one of its registered agents. ING Insurance Co. of America said that ING Funds Distributor had received a notice from the regulatory agency and it has an opportunity to respond before NASD staff makes a final recommendation. At issue are three arrangements dating back to 1995, 1996 and 1998 in which the administrator to the then-Pilgrim Funds allowed frequent trading. The Pilgrim Funds later became part of the ING Funds. In September, ING said that an internal review of its mutual fund trading operation showed only isolated incidents of impropriety.