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.
January 27, 2021 MFDF Webinar: Post-Election Insights on Regulations & Issues that Affect Mutual Funds
January 26, 2021 Morningstar Funds Board Weighs in on SEC Disclosure Proposal
January 25, 2021 Findings from PwC Survey on Corporate Board Effectiveness
January 22, 2021 Quick Take on Valuation Rule, Auditor Independence
January 21, 2021 Deloitte Webinar on Jan. 27 to Discuss Industry Priorities for 2021
January 28, 2021Post-Election Insights on Regulations & Issues that Affects Mutual Funds
Jamila Abston and Marc Saidenberg from EY will discuss the key drivers of impact for the mutual fund industry in the new administration. The webinar will broadcast live from 2 pm - 3 pm (ET).Learn more
February 3, 2021A 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. The webinar will broadcast live from 2 pm - 3 pm (ET).Learn more
February 10, 2021Director Discussion Series - Open Forum via Zoom
DDS Meetings provide a venue for independent directors and CCOs to discuss timely issues with peers and experts. This Zoom meeting will be held from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm (ET).Learn more
January 22, 2021
Webinar Archive: What if Closed-End Fund Defenses Fail? Preparing for an Activist Board Member
Jennifer Gonzalez of K&L Gates LLP discussed the pros and cons of potential actions boards could consider now to prepare for the possibility that an activist candidate is nominated and elected. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
January 21, 2021
Webinar Archive: Insights for Evolving with the New Distribution Trends
This webinar discussed the trends driving changes in the fund distribution and the implications for asset manager leadership and director oversight. The webinar originally aired on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
January 15, 2021
Webinar Archive: Board's Responsibility of Derivatives
Ken Holston and Fatima Sulaiman, partners in the K&L Gates LLP's Asset Management and Investment Funds Practice, discussed the board's responsibilities under the new derivatives rule. The webinar originally aired on Thursday, January 14, 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