As assistant vice president and chief compliance officer for Allstate Distributors in Northbrook, Ill., MARIBEL GERSTNER is an expert on Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules covering meetings and gifts. Still, give her a specific scenario and ask her if the rules allow it and she is as likely to say, “I would feel good about that” or “probably not” as she is to say “yes” or “no.” As Gerstner notes, “You can learn these rules in five minutes, but the application is

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