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On June 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed major reforms to money market regulations that would significantly alter the way money market funds (MMFs) operate. The proposal sets forth two main alternative reforms, which may be adopted alone or in combination in a single reform package. The first proposed alternative would require all institutional prime MMFs to transition from operating with a stable share price to operating with a floating net asset value. The second generally would require every non-government MMF to impose a 2% redemption fee if its level of weekly liquid assets falls below 15% of its total assets, unless its board determines that the MMF’s best interest would be served by eliminating the fee or having a lower fee. The two proposed reforms are intended to, among other things, improve risk transparency in MMFs and reduce the impact of substantial redemptions upon MMFs during times of stress. The proposal also includes reforms designed to enhance MMFs’ disclosure, reporting, stress testing, and diversification practices.
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