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.
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.
December 8, 2022
Webinar Archive: CCO Compensation: The MPI Annual Survey 2022
Management Practice has conducted an annual survey of mutual fund Chief Compliance Officer compensation for the past 17 years. Each summer MPI releases its "Survey of Mutual Fund Chief Compliance Officer Compensation and Organizational Practices", which provides aggregate compensation data received through confidential questionnaires from fund CCOs and other industry executives. This webinar originally aired on November 16, 2022.
November 8, 2022
Webinar Archive: What to Do When the SEC Calls
Willkie Farr partners Adam Aderton, Jim Anderson, and Kristy Littman discussed what fund boards should know about the SEC’s examination and enforcement processes and offered insights on recent SEC rule proposals that may affect fund boards. The webinar was aired on November 3, 2022.
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.