Final Valuation Rule Resources
MFDF Enhances the Governance of Mutual Funds
The Mutual Fund Directors Forum is an independent, non-profit organization that serves independent directors of mutual funds and other U.S. registered investment companies. The Forum seeks to enhance fund governance by building a strong community among independent directors through educational and networking opportunities and by providing directors with a strong voice in the key policy debates impacting directors’ effectiveness and the future of the fund industry.
February 25, 2021 Increasing Value from Board Self-Assessments
February 24, 2021 MFDF Webinar: ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going
February 23, 2021 Regulation of Index Providers an Ongoing Conversation
February 22, 2021 ACA Compliance Report: Overseeing Risk of Alternative Data
February 18, 2021 SEC Restores Subpoena Power to Enforcement Staff
March 3, 2021Board Oversight of ETFs
Stephanie Capistron, Adam Teufel and Kaitlin McGrath from Dechert LLP will provide an overview of board oversight responsibilities for ETFs with a particular focus on semi-transparent ETFs.The webinar will broadcast live from 2 pm - 3 pm (ET).Learn more
March 9, 2021Gender Bias in Investment Professional Evaluations
Professor Scott Stewart from Cornell University's SC Johnson College of Business will discuss gender biases in the investment industry that hinders firms from expanding diversity in their investment teams. The webinar will broadcast live from 2 pm - 3 pm (ET).Learn more
March 10, 2021Director Discussion Series - Open Forum via Zoom (Midwest)
This DDS meeting is for independent directors and CCOs based in the Midwest region to discuss timely issues with peers and experts. This Zoom meeting will be from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (ET).Learn more
February 26, 2021
Webinar Archive: ESG, Proxy Voting and Engagement – Where DOL and SEC Regulation has Been and Where it May be Going
George Michael Gerstein and Sara Crovitz with Stradley Ronon will provide an update on the state of current DOL and SEC regulation around ESG and proxy voting/engagement and what may be coming from the regulators under new leadership. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
February 4, 2021
Webinar Archive: A New Fair Valuation Framework for Fund Directors
Join Thoreau Bartmann, Senior Special Counsel, Rulemaking in SEC’s Division of Investment Management; Paul Kraft, a partner at Deloitte; and Paulita Pike, a partner at Ropes and Gray for an overview of the SEC’s recently adopted rule on Good Faith Determinations of Fair Value. This webinar originally aired on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
January 29, 2021
Webinar Archive: Post-Election Insights on Regulations & Issues that Affects Mutual Funds
Jamila Abston and Marc Saidenberg from EY discussed the key drivers of impact for the mutual fund industry in the new administration. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
COVID-19 Resources for Fund Directors
MFDF aims to keep fund directors up to date on relevant regulatory and business topics during the global health crisis. This list of resources provides information on regulatory relief and guidance, commentary on legal, strategic and governance matters, as well as asset management industry news. As we update this list, we will post the updates via our Forum News Feed daily blog.
What Fund Directors Need to Know about AI and Quantitative Investing
In March 2020, Brian Bruce, CEO & CIO of Hillcrest Asset Management, and Korok Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Mays Innovation Research Center at Texas A&M University, published their paper titled "Fund Board Oversight of Artificial Intelligence and Quantitative Investments" to address mutual fund directors as they are increasingly asked to oversee funds that use artificial intelligence and quantitative methods to manage investments. With the growth of artificial intelligence and quantitative strategies such as smart beta, fund directors must understand the basis of these technologies to properly govern the funds they oversee.Read Here