CHICAGO — Middle-market, fixed-income dealer firms are adding staffers to their compliance divisions, part of an expensive effort to comply with a host of new financial regulations coming from Washington, D.C., some executives said at a meeting here.

Speaking during a panel discussion Thursday at the Bond Dealers of America's National Fixed-Income Conference, the executives said they are preoccupied with all of the new rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank law and that their firms are spending more resources than ever on compliance.

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