MEETING PROFESSIONALS AND hospitality suppliers beware: It may be better not to give…or receive. The ethical microscope trained on the financial services industry has focused on the gifting practices of mutual fund companies, and that focus could very well widen to include the appropriateness of gift-giving to meeting planners. “We are aware of instances of lavish gifts being bestowed upon fund officials and traders,” says John Nester, a spokesman for the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...

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