On February 27, the SEC announced a settlement with a national bank to resolve allegations that two of its investment entities failed to monitor sales of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to retail investors. The SEC alleged in its order that the bank’s compliance policies and procedures and supervisory processes were unable to adequately prevent and detect unsuitable recommendations of single-inverse ETFs, which allegedly led to bank investment advisors making recommendations to certain clients who were unaware of the risk of losses when ETFs are held long term. While the bank neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings, it agreed to pay a $35 million penalty and distribute funds to affected clients. The bank also agreed to cease and desist from engaging in any future violations of the relevant provisions.