Making their voices heard in the National Association of Securities Dealers' committee rooms is suddenly looking like a priority for banks.

The board of the Washington-based association is expected to vote today on proposed rates to govern bank brokerage activities. Details won't be made public until Dec. 15, but the move marks the first time that the NASD has sought to regulate -- rather than simply guide -- the way banks Sell uninsured investments such as mutual funds, stocks, and bonds.

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