• September 7, 2023

    Event of Interest: K&L Gates to Host Generative AI Webinar

    The program will focus on the legal and ethical risks, mitigation, and best practices to consider across the financial services space as the industry leans into generative AI technology.

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  • September 6, 2023

    Forum Webinar: Regulated Investment Company Tax Reporting – Year End Considerations

    Tomorrow, September 7 at 2:00pm ET the Mutual Fund Directors Forum and members of EY’s Asset Management practice will discuss Regulated Investment Company year-end shareholder reporting and provide an overview of areas of risk in RIC taxation.

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  • September 5, 2023

    EY Publishes Report on Lessons for Boards in Technology Innovation

    Ernst & Young recently published a paper titled, “Four Lessons for Boards in Overseeing Emerging Technology” that highlights the need for boards to understand the potential risks and unintended consequences of technological innovation. The paper discusses the need for boards to be curious about emerging technology, be hands-on, embrace innovation without being reckless, and be inclusive and responsible when implementing new technologies.

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  • August 31, 2023

    Popular Blog Post: Mutual Fund Directors Forum Board Recruitment Series

    Last October, the Mutual Fund Directors Forum published a four-part series on the board recruitment process highlighting the use of executive search firms, alternative candidate search tools, succession planning, building personal networks, and general questions to consider when looking to fill a vacancy.

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  • August 30, 2023

    Popular Blog Post: SEC Charges Trustees, Adviser with Liquidity Rule Violations

    Last May, the Commission announced charges against Pinnacle Advisors LLC for “aiding and abetting Liquidity Rule violations by a mutual fund it advised and whose Liquidity Risk Management Program it administered.” In July, Pinnacle Advisors filed a motion to dismiss claiming the Commission’s accusation was “an exercise of government overreach.” The Commission responded to Pinnacle’s motion to dismiss countering that the firm received fair notice regarding the application of the seven-year-old liquidity rule and that the rule is not “impermissibly vague.”

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  • August 29, 2023

    Popular Blog Post: Gensler Testifies at House Financial Services Committee Oversight Hearing

    This week, the Forum News Feed will highlight popular posts over the last few months. We will return with new content beginning on Tuesday, September 5. In April, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler testified before members of the House Financial Services Committee as part of the Committee’s oversight process. Many members of the Committee noted the pace of rulemaking and the short comment periods are making it difficult for market participants to keep up. Additionally, a few Members of Congress pushed back against the Commission’s open-end fund proposal which would mandate swing pricing, impose a hard close, and change liquidity management provisions for funds.

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  • August 24, 2023

    ACA Foreside Releases White Paper Covering ETF Creation and Distribution

    ACA Foreside discusses the process of launching and distributing an exchange traded fund (ETF) in a paper titled, “Building and Distributing an Exchange-Traded Fund from Start to Finish.” The white paper notes potential benefits of using the ETF wrapper including trading flexibility, lower costs, and tax benefits.

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  • August 23, 2023

    S&P Global Ratings Announces Termination of ESG Numerical Scores in Credit Ratings

    The S&P Global Ratings' press release maintained that while the numerical score would be removed, the analytical explanations “will remain integral to our reports.” According to the statement, the change does not impact “ESG principles criteria or our research and commentary on ESG-related topics, including the influence that ESG factors can have on creditworthiness.”

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  • August 22, 2023

    FDIC’s Gruenberg Delivers Remarks on Large Regional Bank Stability Risks

    FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg noted that “while regional banks may not be as large, complex, and internationally active as the Global Systemically Important Banks – or G-SIBS as they are called – they would pose distinct and significant challenges in resolution that could raise serious financial stability risks.” Gruenberg stated that in response to the common findings, the FDIC and other banking regulators were looking at the capital treatment of unrealized losses, long-term debt requirements, and resolution plans for large regional banks.

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  • August 17, 2023

    ACA Releases White Paper on “The Expanded ETF Ecosystem”

    The report delves into the nuances between traditional passive ETFs as well as newer semi-transparent ETF offerings and details different ways in which semi-transparent ETFs disclose their holdings on a limited basis.

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  • August 16, 2023

    PCAOB Proposes Rule Covering Audit Standards in Circumstances of Noncompliance

    The proposal, entitled “Amendments to PCAOB Auditing Standards related to a Company’s Noncompliance with Laws and Regulations” would require, in part, that auditors identify potential areas of the law where noncompliance would impact financial statements, assess risk of material misstatement on financial statements due to noncompliance, and identifying instances where noncompliance may have occurred, among other changes.

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  • August 15, 2023

    President Biden Signs Executive Order on U.S. Investment in China

    President Joseph Biden issued the “Executive Order on Addressing United States Investments in Certain National Security Technologies and Products in Countries of Concern” which represents the first step by the Biden administration to curb certain categories of U.S. investment into China. Concurrently with the Executive Order, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking which includes 80 specific questions and considerations in defining key aspects of the Order.

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  • August 14, 2023

    SEC Announces Charges Against Broker-Dealer Firms for Recordkeeping Failures

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Enforcement announced charges against 11 firms, 10 broker-dealers and one dual registered broker-dealer and investment adviser for failures by the firm and employees to maintain and preserve electronic communications. Gurbir Grewal, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, stated, “Compliance with the books and records requirements of the federal securities laws is essential to investor protection and well-functioning markets.”

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  • August 10, 2023

    Gensler Delivers Remarks on Climate-Risk Disclosure, LIBOR at FSOC Meeting

    At a recent meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler delivered remarks on the progress the Commission has made towards increasing climate-risk disclosure and the cessation of LIBOR. Additionally, the FSOC’s Climate-related Financial Risk Committee (CFRC) issued a staff progress report on a range of actions underway to support disclosure, address data gaps, and assess climate-related financial risks among FSOC-member agencies.

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  • August 9, 2023

    House Financial Services Committee Holds Mark-Up of ESG, Digital Assets Bills

    At the end of July, the House Financial Services Committee held a two-day mark-up of several ESG and digital assets related bills. On the first day, the Committee advanced bills on blockchain, fintech, and the “Financial Innovation and Technology (FIT) for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 4763) a bipartisan, comprehensive package that establishes a digital asset framework to provide regulatory certainty to the crypto market. During the second day of the mark-up, the House Financial Services Committee advanced ESG bills as well as a measure on stablecoins.

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  • August 8, 2023

    ACA Podcast Highlights Valuation Compliance

    ACA Group hosts a podcast series “Compliance in Context” which recently highlighted the importance of valuation and having the proper policies and procedures in place. The episode, entitled, “What do you mean Valuation?” takes a comprehensive look at why valuation is a key topic for regulators and the role that compliance plays in the process.

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  • August 7, 2023

    House Oversight Chairman Comer Requests Senior Staff Hiring Information from Gensler

    House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler requesting information on the SEC’s use of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), a program intended to allow agencies to retain skilled individuals temporarily. The letter specifically names four SEC Division Directors, and requests information on their outside employment, building entrance logs, compensation, travel reimbursement, among other information.

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  • August 3, 2023

    Fund Advisor Files for Exemptive Relief for ETF Share Class

    Dimensional Fund Advisors filed an application with the Commission to permit the Advisor’s mutual funds to offer an ETF share class. In a client alert from Ropes & Gray, the authors highlight that Dimensional’s application would “rely on a fund’s board of directors to assess, both initially and periodically, whether the multi-class structure is in the best interests of each mutual fund class and ETF class individually and of the fund as a whole, as well as whether the multi-class structure is operating effectively.”

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  • August 2, 2023

    Nasdaq Releases White Paper on Board Utilization of Emerging Innovation

    The Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence recently released a white paper entitled, “Revolutionary Technology: How Boards Can Learn from Emerging Innovation.” The paper notes “directors will want to ask questions of their CEO and senior leadership teams about AI usage, product integrations, competitor intelligence, and how it is influencing the evolving business strategy.”

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  • August 1, 2023

    Gensler Testifies in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on SEC FY24 Budget

    The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing entitled, “A Review of the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.” In his written testimony, Chair Gensler stated the agency’s work has increased substantially, noting that the Division of Enforcement “brought more than 750 enforcement actions in FY 2022, a 9 percent increase over the prior year,” which resulted in orders for $6.4 billion in penalties and disgorgement.

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