WASHINGTON - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the nation's largest self-regulatory organization, which oversees almost 5,000 securities firms and 678,000 brokers, has offered voluntary early retirement to up to 300 of its staff in an attempt to shed about 10% of its roughly 3,000 employees.

But FINRA spokeswoman Nancy Condon said yesterday that the reduction in staff will "in no way impact our ability to fulfill our regulatory responsibility" and "reflects the tough economic times we all face."

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