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 14, 2023
Webinar Archive: Improving Equity Fund Alpha Estimates
During this webinar, Professor Stewart dived in to the key findings from his latest research Improving Equity Fund Alpha Estimates with a Second Size Factor. The webinar was aired on September 13, 2023.
September 14, 2023
Webinar Archive: Navigating the New Money Market Fund Reforms
In this webinar, Dechert panelists reviewed the amendments and discuss the impact on money market funds and their advisers, boards of directors, compliance officers, service providers, intermediaries and investors. This webinar orginally broadcasted on September 12, 2023.
September 8, 2023
Webinar Archive: RIC Tax Reporting – Year End Considerations
EY partners discussed Regulated Investment Company year-end shareholder reporting and provide an overview of areas of risk in RIC taxation, including investments in pass through entities, and BDCs. This webinar originally aired on September 7, 2023.
July 24, 2023
Webinar Archive: Generative AI - It's Here
Perkins Coie partners provided an introduction to the technology from an expert in the field and discuss key opportunities and threats for the asset management industry. This webinar originally aired on July 20, 2023.
July 14, 2023
Webinar Archive: Digital Assets: Trends, Opportunities, and Considerations in Asset Management
EY's digital assets and blockchain team will discuss digital asset trends in asset management, tokenization trends, opportunities and considerations for developing related offerings in the industry. This webinar originally aired on July 13, 2023.
June 28, 2023
Webinar Archive: Closed-End Fund Litigation Overview and Update
Ryan Brizek and Alan Turner, partners at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP highlighted the latest litigations and overview of the current CEF space. This webinar originally aired on June 27, 2023.
June 21, 2023
Webinar Archive: Self-Guided Director Education: MFDF's Online Resource Library
During this members-only mini webinar session, Carolyn McPhillips, MFDF President, will provide an overview of the written and recorded materials available on the MFDF website, how those materials are developed, and how to find and use them. Also, we will feature the newly published DEI Resources page. This webinar originally aired on June 21, 2023.
June 13, 2023
Webinar Archive: Latest Updates in Mutual Fund Litigation and Enforcement
Dechert partners highlighted updates of mutual fund industry litigation from 2022 and provided a preview of what to expect in regulatory enforcement in 2023. This webinar originally aired on June 6, 2023.
May 19, 2023
Webinar Archive: Mutual Fund Director Compensation: The MPI Annual Survey
This webinar provided highlights from MPI's latest "Survey of Mutual Fund Director/Trustee Compensation and Organizational Practices." This webinar originally aired on May 17, 2023.
May 8, 2023
Webinar Archive: Leveraging MFDF Membership to Locate Future Directors
Leslie Beckbridge, Operations and Member Services Manager at MFDF, presented this session highlighting the Forum's Director Candidate Database, a service that provides curated candidate lists in response to board criteria. The webinar provided an overview of the Database, discussed how members can use it as part of succession planning efforts, and offered insights to get the best results from your inquiry.
April 27, 2023
Webinar Archive: Overview of ETF Product Landscape
This webinar discussed how the ETF product landscape has evolved, from index strategies to a range of more complex product types that exist today including the growth active ETFs, levered, and inverse products, and issues facing boards supervising them. This webinar originally aired on April 27, 2023.
April 27, 2023
Webinar Archive: Taking a Position: How MFDF Works with Members to Respond to Regulatory Changes and Director Needs
Carolyn McPhillips, MFDF President, provided an overview on how the MFDF staff partner with the Forum's Steering Committee to formulate positions in response to SEC rulemakings and to develop practical guidance papers for fund independent directors on critical oversight areas.
April 19, 2023
Webinar Archive: Interval and Tender Offer Funds - An Introduction for Fund Boards
Jay Spinola, partner at Willkie Farr & Gallaher LLP, provided an overview of interval and tender offer funds, including a discussion of the regulatory framework governing their operations.This webinar originally aired on April 18, 2023.
April 7, 2023
Webinar Archive: Impact of Market Performance on 2022 Annual Investment Firm Profitability and Economies of Scale
This webinar discussed the results of MPI's annual Investment Firm Profitability and Economies of Scale survey, including the impact of market performance and increased SEC scrutiny and rulemaking, and considerations for independent directors during the contract renewal process. This webinar originally aired on April 5, 2023.
March 17, 2023
Webinar Archive: Fallout from the SEC's Swing Pricing and Hard Close Proposals: Operational Hurdles Boards Need to Know
This webinar discussed the operational challenges mutual funds will face if the SEC's Swing Pricing and Hard Close proposals are adopted. This webinar originally aired on March 16, 2023.
March 2, 2023
Webinar Archive: Fund Industry Claims Trends: An Insurer’s Perspective 2023
Julie Ulstrup and Daniel Steiner from ICI Mutual provided an overview of the fund industry claims trends and recent developments in the fund industry insurance market. This webinar originally aired on March 1, 2023.
February 28, 2023
Webinar Archive: Tax Update: An Overview of Current Tax Landscape for the Fund Industry
Francis Grab, principal of EY's Washington Council, and Amy Snyder, tax principal in EY's Asset Management practice, provides post-election perspectives on the tax regulation landscape, as well as discuss recent tax developments and hot topics in the mutual fund industry. This webinar originally aired on February 16, 2023.
February 1, 2023
Webinar Archive: The SEC's Swing Pricing and Liquidity Proposal: What You Should Know
Brenden Carroll, partner, and Monica Patel, associate, with Dechert LLP provided an overview of the SEC's proposal on swing pricing and liquidity and its potential impact to the mutual fund industry. This webinar originally aired on February 1, 2023.
January 17, 2023
Webinar Archive: Impact of 2022 Mid-Term Elections on the Financial Industry
Mahlet Makonnen, Principal at Williams & Jensen, PLLC, analyzed the outcome of the November 2022 mid-term election and discussed how the results will shape the congressional landscape for the financial services sector going forward. This webinar originally aired on January 10, 2023.
December 9, 2022
Webinar Archive: Investment Valuation and Governance: Deloitte's 20th Annual Fair Valuation Pricing Survey
Paul Kraft, Pedro Beato, and Tom Wines discusses the latest findings from Deloitte's 20th edition Annual Fair Valuation Survey. This webinar originally aired on December 9, 2022.