I've just survived a hurricane. In the resulting re-building process, I've learned one thing definitively; many people say that they can fix your problem - just give them a "deposit." In fact, that's a pretty good way to ensure you'll never hear from them again.
I see the same thing in the loan officer compensation wars currently evolving. No compliance officer or attorney worth his or her salt will authorize a non-compliant compensation plan because the risks so far outweigh any temporary benefits. However, as margins and business shrinks companies are adopting risky plans because they're likely to be out of business when the bill comes due. Unfortunately, this drives the entire market in the same direction.