Fixed Income Investments

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FINRA Proposes Revisions to Fixed-Income Research Rule - Clarifications regarding institutional third-party research,...

On May 24, 2016, FINRA filed with the SEC proposed revisions to FINRA’s new fixed-income research rule that if adopted will provide clarifying guidance regarding institutional third-party research, as well as relief in other...more

SEC IM Staff Issues Guidance Update on Disclosure Related to Current Market Conditions

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Investment Management (Staff) has issued an IM Guidance Update on fund disclosure regarding risks related to current market conditions (Guidance Update)....more

Bridging the Week - February 2016 #5

CFTC Advisory Committee Says There Is No Evidence Justifying Proposed New Position Limits: A report issued by the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission roundly...more

"Potential Regulatory and Litigation Risks Relating to Recent Fixed-Income Market Concerns"

Recent events relating to the fixed-income markets — including volatility in the high-yield markets and the high-profile closings of a number of funds invested in high-yield and distressed assets — have raised concerns among...more

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (GAC) Contracts to Enhance the After-Tax Investment Return of Tax Exempt and Foreign Investors in Direct Lending Investments - Overview - Domestic and foreign...more

FCA fines Threadneedle for fixed income desk failings

FCA has fined Threadneedle Asset Management Limited £6,038,504 for breach of Principles 3 and 11 between 2010 and 2012. The failings relate to weaknesses in the fixed income area of the firm’s front office, which were...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Best Execution Obligations in Equity, Options and Fixed Income Markets

In light of the increasing use of automated markets for equity securities and standardized options, and recent advances in trading technology and communications in the fixed income markets, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

MSRB Amends MA Conduct Rule Proposal Again For Small Exception to Principal Transaction Ban

On November 9, the MSRB filed yet another amendment to its proposed Municipal Advisor conduct Rule G-42. The amendment adds Supplemental Material -.14 and -.15, creating a narrow exception to the principal-transaction ban for...more

The renaissance of European multi-loan CMBS

The European CMBS 2.0 market was launched in June 2011 and in the years that have since followed, twenty four public rated deals have so far hit the market. Given that only seven of these deals have featured multiple loans...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - SEC Decides Against Mounting an Appeal in Koch Ruling - The July 2015 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court in Koch v. SEC will apparently not be challenged by the SEC. The Court ruled in that...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Developing and Maintaining a Modern U.S. Compliance Program

When the SEC adopted Rules 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (Investment Company Act) and 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) in 2003 – which required registered funds and registered...more

FINRA’s New Fixed Income Research Rule and Modifications to Equity Research Rule

The long anticipated overhaul of FINRA’s research rules has now been approved by the SEC. Most provisions of the new equity research rule will become effective on December 24, 2015, with limited provisions, including changes...more

BoE announces open forum

BoE has announced an open forum for 11 November for those involved in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) markets. The forum’s goal is to discuss the prospects for market functioning, where regulations might...more

OCIE Warns on Suitability in Retail Sales of Structured Products

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a recent “Risk Alert” noting observed deficiencies in broker-dealer supervision and compliance controls over retail sales of structured products –...more

The UK’s Fair and Effective Markets Review

On 10 June 2015, the Bank of England (“BoE”), HM Treasury (“HMT”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) published the final report on the “Fair and Effective Markets Review” which had been launched one year ago with the...more

Fair and Effective Markets Review Publishes Final Report

On June 10, 2015, the Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR), established by the Chancellor in June 2014 to conduct a review of fixed income, currency and commodity markets, published its final report. The report contains...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015 #3

UK Fair and Effective Markets Review Calls for Upping the Standards in UK and Global Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity Markets: The Fair and Effective Markets Review issued 21 recommendations to “restore trust” in...more

"Assessing the Impact of Post-Financial Crisis Regulation"

The financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated that the then-existing financial regulatory system was in need of substantial repair. By any measure, the financial regulatory reform that has followed has been extensive. In areas...more

SEC Comments on FINRA’s Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure

On January 20, the Securities and Exchange Commission commented on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s proposed amendment to FINRA Rule 2232 regarding transparency on prices in certain retail transactions in...more

SEC Announces 2015 Exam Priorities

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE” or the “Staff”) recently released its 2015 Exam Priorities. OCIE examines all types of SEC registrants, including investment advisers, broker-dealers,...more

SEC 2015 Examination Priorities Focus on Liquid Alternatives and Fixed-Income Funds

On January 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2015 examination priorities for investment companies, investment advisers, broker-dealers and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 2

In this issue: - New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps - CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Reporting Counterparties Masking Identifying Information Pursuant to Non-US Law -...more

FINRA and the MSRB Release Companion Proposals That Would Require Additional Disclosures for Transactions in Fixed Income...

On November 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released companion proposals that would require disclosure of pricing reference information in customer...more

FINRA and MSRB Release Proposals to Provide Pricing Reference Information for Investors in Fixed Income Markets

On November 17, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) released companion proposals that would require disclosure of pricing reference information on customer...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

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