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SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution Arrangements

Recently issued SEC staff guidance reminds mutual fund directors of their obligations to evaluate fund payments to financial intermediaries and emphasizes investment advisers’ and other service providers’ obligation to...more

Islamic Finance News 2016 Annual Guide

A volatile year for Islamic finance – the only way is up? Once again the close of the year has come around more quickly than we ever thought possible, and it is time again for our annual review and outlook of the Islamic...more

SEC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

Guidance Update No. 2016-01, published this month by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, provides extensive guidance concerning the possibility that payments from mutual funds are being used to promote sales of the...more

New Great West case and Revenue Sharing

Add Great West under their Empower Retirement brand name as the latest bundled provider being sued. Great West is being sued for revenue sharing fees from mutual funds as part of their program....more

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Payment of Distribution Fees to Intermediaries

On January 6, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) Division of Investment Management issued Guidance Update 2016-01, "Mutual Fund Distribution And Sub-Accounting Fees" (the "Guidance"). The Guidance...more

SEC Requests Public Comment on Transfer Agent Regulation Proposal and Concept Release

SEC proposal would modernize the regulation of the transfer agency industry, particularly with respect to mutual funds. Last month, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed...more

SEC Publishes Guidance on Mutual Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

On January 6, 2016, the staff (the “Staff”) of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management published guidance (the “Guidance”) containing the Staff’s views and recommendations relating to mutual fund distribution and...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Oversight of Fund Payments of Sub-Accounting Fees

On January 6, 2016, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued a Guidance Update titled, “Mutual Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance arises from a multi-year SEC staff review of...more

SEC’s Division of Investment Management Offers New Guidance on “Distribution in Guise” Payments

On January 6, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Investment Management issued its first written guidance (“New Guidance”) on payments made by mutual funds to intermediaries for distribution and...more

SEC Payments "in Guise" Case Resolves Little

The SEC has long considered whether mutual funds are making distribution payments “in guise”—i.e., payments primarily intended to result in sales of fund shares but disguised as something else. See “Feds Dig for Disguised...more

Federal Tax Advisory: Investment Company Rules

Sections 351 and 362 contain investment company rules that have nothing to do with mutual funds. They define certain corporations as investment companies in counterintuitive ways and then deny the usual nonrecognition...more

SEC Proposes Liquidity Risk Programs for Funds

The SEC proposed rule reforms on September 22 designed to improve liquidity risk management by open end funds. Liquidity Risk Management Programs - Under the proposed reforms, mutual funds (excluding money market...more

Annual Compliance Testing Should Re-Calibrate WSPs

As 2015 ended, FINRA fined Barclays Capital $13.75 million for mutual-fund switching and breakpoint supervisory failures that might have been avoided if that part of Barclay’s WSPs had been properly calibrated and/or part of...more

Individual Inquiries Predominate in 401(k) Litigation

In denying class certification in an action against Transamerica Life Insurance Company (TLIC), the Central District of California noted that the “sheer number of participants and plans” potentially involved in this...more

Risk Classification Methodology — Standard Deviation for Mutual Funds and ETFs

On December 10, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments as part of stage 3 of the point of sale disclosure project mandating fund managers to use a standardized risk...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Top 12 Regulatory Heads-up for the...

1st Day of Christmas – UCITS V* - The UCITS V Directive (UCITS V) introduces specific provisions on: - (i) eligibility, liability and delegation of depositaries; - (ii) remuneration policies;...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Taxpayer-Friendly Decision in Demutualizations

On December 9, in Dorrance v. The United States, the Ninth Circuit overturned a favorable district court decision for taxpayers in demutualizations. The Ninth Circuit ruled that a taxpayer owning insurance policies in a...more

Derivatives Rule Proposal: More Work for Overburdened Fund Directors

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposals to modernize its regulation of fund use of derivatives and leverage again increase the scope and complexity of the responsibilities of investment company fund directors. If...more

SEC Proposal Would Limit Investment In Derivatives By Investment Companies

Recognizing the substantial risks inherent in many derivatives transactions, and the substantial leverage that is often imbedded in derivatives, the SEC last week announced its proposed new rules that would impose limits on...more

SEC Proposes Limits on Fund Use of Derivatives and Leverage

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) today voted, by a three-to-one margin, to propose rules that would limit the amount of leverage that mutual funds may obtain through derivatives. The proposals also...more

ICI Survey: Mutual Fund Independent Directors Are Getting Older and Wiser

Mutual fund directors are getting older and wiser as they oversee a growing amount of assets and number of funds, according to a governance study published by the Investment Company Institute on October 27, 2015....more

Be Cautious of Late In the Year Mutual Fund Purchases

This is the time of year to be cautious about buying a mutual fund. Many funds pay dividends near the end of the calendar year in December. If you buy one now, and it pays a dividend, you will be paying taxes for 2015 on the...more

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Reporting Rules for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rules that would require registered investment advisers to adopt anti-money laundering (AML) programs and report...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015

SEC to Permit Capital Raising Through Crowdfunding: The Securities and Exchange Commission finalized rules that will permit eligible companies to raise money through Internet offerings of their securities—a practice known as...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

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