The Forum's webinars feature an hour long presentation on a discrete topic of interest to fund directors. The webinars cover a broad range of technical topics, regulatory issues, and governance-related items. Some webinars are aimed squarely at board oversight issues, and some take a broader view of industry trends. Every webinar features speakers who have particular knowledge about the subject-matter at issue.
All of the Forum's webinar archives are available for free only to Forum members. The archives contain links to the written materials and the audio recording of each webinar. Please log in to view links to archives.
September 28, 2022
Webinar Archive: What the Mutual Fund Industry Should Understand About Digital Assets
Perkins Coie partners Valerie Dahiya and Michael Didiuk discussed what fund boards should know about blockchain, fintech, and digital assets affect the fund industry. The webinar was aired on September 22, 2022.
September 19, 2022
Webinar Archive: The Impact of Volatility on the Markets
During this webinar, Paul Reisz, executive vice president and head of the multi-sector fixed income team at PIMCO, and Sanjeev Handa, Independent Director of the Carlyle Tactical Private Credit Fund, discussed the impacts of rising rates, inflation, global volatility and more. The webinar was aired on September 16, 2022.
September 15, 2022
Webinar Archive: Performance, Perception and Manager Selection
During this webinar, Professor Scott D. Stewart from SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University highlighted the key findings from his latest research Performance, Perception, and Manager Selection. The webinar was aired on September 14, 2022.
July 28, 2022
Webinar Archive: Fund Boards' Oversight of Performance
As part of MFDF's webinar series on the 15c process, this webinar focuses on indices, benchmarks, and other ways to measure relative results for fund performance. This webinar originally aired on July 28, 2022.
July 19, 2022
Webinar Archive: Differentiating Mutual-Fund-to-ETF Conversions
K&L Gates partners Stacy Fuller and Fatima Sulaiman explained the key differences between mutual-fund-to-ETF conversions and more traditional reorganizations of registered funds. This webinar originally aired on July 19, 2022.
July 14, 2022
Webinar Archive: Intro to ESG Rules Proposal Changes
Gwen Williamson, partner at Perkins Coie, highlighted the key takaways for fund boards from the recent SEC's ESG rules proposals on the names rule and fund/adviser disclosure related to ESG investment strategies. This webinar was originally aired on July 14, 2022.
July 12, 2022
Webinar Archive: ESG Investing Update
Join John Streur, President and CEO of Calvert Research and Management, and Rebecca Peckham, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley, as they discuss an update on ESG investing. This webinar was originally aired on July 12, 2022.
May 20, 2022
Webinar Archive - Mutual Fund Director Compensation
This webinar summarizes the findings from MPI's recent annual "Survey of Mutual Fund Director/Trustee Compensation and Organizational Practices." This webinar originally aired on May 19, 2022.
April 27, 2022
Webinar Archive - Intermediary Fees Trends
Join speakers from Barrington Partners as they discuss the latest issues in intermediary fees, service provider updates, and securities lending. This webinar is part of MFDF's new 15(c) Contract Renewal webinar series. This webinar originally aired on April 26, 2022.
April 26, 2022
Webinar Archive - Democratization of Alternatives: ’40 Act Interval and Tender Offer Funds
This webinar will discuss why interval and tender offer funds continue to attract attention from investors and advisors. The panel will take a deep dive into recent activity, highlighting the attraction of alternative strategies to the retail market. This webinar originally aired on April 19, 2022.
April 4, 2022
In Focus Archive: ESG
Brian Bruce, CEO and CIO at Hillcrest Asset Management, and lead independent director of Cushing Family of Funds, will lead a discussion on ESG issues fund boards should consider. The presentation and discussion originally took place via Zoom on March 16, 2022.
March 24, 2022
Webinar Archive - Mutual Fund Litigation and Enforcement Update
Dechert partners highlighted the mutual fund industry litigations from 2021 and provide a preview of what to expect in regulatory enforcement in 2022. This webinar originally aired on March 23, 2022.
March 23, 2022
Webinar Archive - MPI's Annual Survey of Investment Firm Profitability and Economies of Scale
Sara Yerkey, with Management Practice Inc, and Kelley Howes, Vice Chair of Investment Management at Morrison and Foerster LLP provided highlights from the latest MPI Annual Survey of Investment Firm Profitability. This webinar is part of MFDF's new 15(c) Contract Renewal webinar series. This webinar originally aired on March 22, 2022.
March 11, 2022
Webinar Archive - SEC Takes Swing at New Money Market Fund Reform
Join James Catano, Stephen Cohen, and Mary Anne Morgan from Dechert as they highlight the SEC's recent proposal on amending the rules that govern money market funds. This webinar originally aired on March 10, 2022.
March 1, 2022
Webinar Archive - Observations from SEC Examinations of Registered Investment Companies
This webinar focused on the SEC's recent risk alert, "Observations from Examinations in the Registered Investment Company Initiatives." This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
February 24, 2022
Webinar Archive - LIBOR Transition: What Boards Need to Know and Do in the Final 18 Months
Anne Beaumont from Friedman Kaplan’s LIBOR Transition Task Force will discuss how boards can make sure they have the information and tools necessary to assess the risks and challenges that LIBOR transition presents for funds. This webinar will broadcast live from 2 pm - 3 pm (ET). This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
February 16, 2022
Webinar Archive - Balance the Narrative II: Broadening the Discussion on Active Management
Speakers from the IAA's Active Managers Council highlighted the topics from its latest paper titled "Balance the Narrative II: Broadening the Discussion on Active Management." This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
February 2, 2022
Webinar Archive - Diversity and Investment Performance: A Summary of Research
In this webinar, Joanne Skerrett, MFDF’s senior counsel, lead a Q&A session with Theresa Hamacher, chair of Morningstar Funds, on the recent IAA report “Diversity and Investment Performance: A Summary of the Research.” This webinar originally aired on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
January 14, 2022
Webinar Archive - A Conversation with Steven Rogers on A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You can Do now to Help the Black Community
In this webinar, the Forum staff will talk with Steven Rogers, an independent director on the Oakmark Funds board and former Harvard Business School professor, about his book A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You can do Now to Help the Black Community. This webinar originally aired on January 13, 2022.
December 16, 2021
Webinar Archive - Board Governance Update
Stacy Louizos with Blank and Rome's Investment Management Group discussed how boards can approach their governance practices, policies and documents - including bylaws and charters - in an evolving landscape of new regulation and SEC positions, diversity mandates and other ESG considerations, industry consolidation and COVID-19 considerations. This webinar originally aired on December 15, 2021.