• February 28, 2023

    MFDF Webinar: Fund Industry Claims Trends- An Insurer’s Perspective

    The Mutual Fund Directors Forum and ICI Mutual will host a webinar entitled, “Fund Industry Claims Trends: An Insurer’s Perspective" which will provide an overview of trends and other developments in fund industry claims and in the fund industry insurance market.

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  • February 27, 2023

    SEC Finalizes Rule on T+1 Settlement Cycle

    the Securities and Exchange Commission finalized its rule proposal shortening the settlement cycle of most securities transactions to within one business day of the trade date, what is referred to as “T+1.” The T+1 transition and implementation deadline is currently set for May 28, 2024.

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  • February 23, 2023

    SEC Division of Examinations Releases 2023 Priorities

    The SEC's Division of Examinations staff identified ESG-related investments and strategies that incorporate ESG criteria as a top focus area including a continued focus on potential “greenwashing” at investment firms. Additionally, the staff will continue to focus on the calculation and allocation of fees and expenses, valuation practices, and cybersecurity, as well as other enumerated issues.

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  • February 22, 2023

    Fund Boards Submit Comments on SEC Swing Pricing, Liquidity Management Proposal

    Over 25 fund boards submitted comment letters opposing the swing pricing mandate, imposition of the hard close, and changes to fund liquidity management. The comments overwhelming objected to the SEC’s proposal citing costs, impact on shareholders, and complications in implementation as reasons for the opposition.

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  • February 21, 2023

    Event of Interest: Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence to Host Webinar on Succession Planning

    On Thursday, the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence will host a panel of experts to discuss board succession planning. While this program is geared toward corporate boards, there are likely to be takeaway lessons for fund boards as well that are looking to develop their succession planning process.

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  • February 16, 2023

    Mutual Fund Directors Forum Submits Comments on SEC Swing Pricing, Liquidity Rule Proposal

    This week, the Mutual Fund Directors Forum submitted written comments to the SEC’s proposal that would mandate swing pricing and make significant changes to fund liquidity management programs. The Forum’s comments push back against the Commission’s proposal to mandate swing pricing for mutual funds as the rule would change how investors buy and sell mutual funds. The letter also highlights issues with the hard close, noting in the mutual fund space the “intermediary structure facilitates investors’ ability to make purchases or redemptions up until the market close” and tinkering with these expectations without a proven benefit, will confuse and harm mutual fund investors.

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  • February 15, 2023

    MFDF Webinar: An Overview of Current Tax Landscape for the Fund Industry

    The Forum, in conjunction with Ernst & Young, plans to host a webinar entitled, “Tax Update: An Overview of Current Tax Landscape for the Fund Industry.” The webinar will provide post-election perspectives on the tax regulation landscape, as well as discuss recent tax developments and hot topics in the mutual fund industry.

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  • February 14, 2023

    SEC Issues Regulatory Bulletin on Fund Fee Waivers

    The SEC recently issued a regulatory bulletin entitled, “Differential Advisory Fee Waivers" which is meant to “remind mutual funds, their boards of directors/trustees and their legal counsel about the implications under the Investment Company Act of 1940 of fee waiver and expense reimbursement arrangements that result in different advisory fees being charged to different share classes of the same fund.”

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  • February 13, 2023

    Federal Reserve Releases Report on Liquidity Tools for Open-End Funds

    Federal Reserve Board staff offer their views in an article titled, “New Insights from N-CEN: Liquidity Management at Open-End Funds and Primary Market Concentration of ETFs” which sources data on mutual funds, ETFs, and money market funds through Form N-CEN, to determine which liquidity tools these fund types take advantage of.

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  • February 9, 2023

    SEC Commissioner Uyeda Delivers Remarks on ESG

    EC Commissioner Mark Uyeda delivered remarks entitled “ESG: Everything Everywhere All at Once” highlighting the growth and areas of concern within ESG investing. Commissioner Uyeda’s noted that “regulators, industry participants, and investors have struggled to define ‘ESG,’” but he posits that existing regulatory structures already exist for ensuring investment advisers fully describe and follow the strategies they utilize.

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  • February 8, 2023

    Davis Polk Releases 2023 Regulatory Reform Forecast

    Davis Polk recently released the “Financial Services Regulatory Reform: Winter Forecast Edition” which includes a look at the financial regulatory landscape across a number of topics and agencies including the Federal Reserve, the SEC, and Treasury, among others. Regarding securities market structure, the report summarizes the recent SEC proposals covering market structure, trading in US Treasurys, and potential changes to the settlement cycle.

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  • February 7, 2023

    Prudential Regulators Issue Joint Statement on Crypto-Asset Risks to Banking Entities

    The statement highlights key risks associated with digital assets implemented using cryptographic techniques, as well as the crypto-asset sector more broadly, that the prudential regulators believe banking organizations should consider. The regulators’ warn that “the agencies believe that issuing or holding as principal crypto-assets that are issued, stored, or transferred on an open, public, and/or decentralized network, or similar system is highly likely to be inconsistent with safe and sound banking practices.”

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  • February 6, 2023

    Event of Interest: Ropes & Gray to Host Webinar on “Creating a Culture of Compliance”

    Ropes & Gray plans to host a webinar entitled, “Creating a Culture of Compliance” which will discuss ways compliance professionals can make their programs more effective and efficient. As entities continue to build out their compliance programs, “ticking the box” with policies, procedures and training sessions is not enough to meet regulatory scrutiny.

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  • February 2, 2023

    Event of Interest: ESG & Alternative Investment Managers – 360 Degree View

    ASC Advisors, Seward & Kissel, and PRI plan to host a webinar titled “ESG & Alternative Investment Managers – 360 Degree View" which will cover political trends, best practices, and solutions for those navigating the topic of ESG in the current market environment.

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  • February 1, 2023

    Federal Reserve Requests Climate Analysis from Largest US Banks

    The Federal Reserve Board released details on a “Pilot Climate Scenario Analysis” (CSA) to learn how the six largest US banking institutions are managing the risks posed by climate change. The data collected will “enhance the ability of both large banking organizations and supervisors to identify, measure, monitor, and manage climate-related financial risks.”

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  • January 31, 2023

    MFDF Webinar: What You Need to Know About the SEC’s Swing Pricing Proposal

    The SEC’s swing pricing proposal would mandate swing pricing for most open-end funds (excluding money market funds and ETFs). The program will provide an overview of the SEC's proposal on swing pricing and liquidity and its potential impact to the mutual fund industry.

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  • January 30, 2023

    Blog Post on Corporate Governance Highlights Challenges in Human Capital

    The post notes that boards are hearing more about work-force related matters such as “culture, purpose, hybrid work, the future of work, well-being, skills gaps, automation, and shifting societal expectations, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).” As the post notes, aside from the regulatory scrutiny “institutional investors continue to advocate for corporate actions ahead of regulatory requirements.”

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  • January 26, 2023

    Kirkland & Ellis Releases Alert Highlighting SEC Scrutiny of ESG Claims by Advisers

    The alert highlights how the fact pattern of the GSAM case varied slightly from the BNY Mellon order the SEC announced last May, but emphasizes the SEC is proactively looking at “all statements made about an adviser’s ESG strategy and is willing to bring enforcement actions regarding any perceived gaps between communications to investors/clients on ESG, an adviser’s ESG compliance policies and procedures and the adviser’s actual ESG investment process.”

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  • January 25, 2023

    Treasury Announces “Extraordinary Measures” as US Approaches Debt Limit

    US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to leaders on Capitol Hill announcing the commencement of “extraordinary measures” to delay the federal government’s default on its debt. The “extraordinary measures” the Treasury Department has taken will likely last into the summer which gives congressional leaders a runway to reach a deal.

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  • January 24, 2023

    ACA Publishes December 2022 Regulatory Update

    ACA published the December 2022 Regulatory Update which covers the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s 2022 annual report. On mutual funds, the report breaks down recent changes to proxy voting disclosures required by registered funds and institutional investment managers, as well as amending the disclosure in annual and semi-annual shareholder reports issued by open-end funds and ETFs.

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