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The Problem With Choice in 401(k) Plans

In life, giving people a wide variety of choices is a good thing. However, when it comes to daily valued 401(k) plans, too many choices isn’t a good thing. It sounds counter-intuitive, but too many choices offered to plan...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.14.16

The big story of week so far came just a few minutes after the Brief went to [digital] print yesterday, so apologies for the second hand news: Microsoft has agreed to acquire LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 billion in a move...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again – FINRA Takes Another Look at Mutual Fund Sales Charge Waivers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is once again taking a close look at member firm mutual fund sales practices and sales charge waivers (Mutual Fund Waiver Sweep) in the U.S. FINRA’s target exam letter seeks...more

A Compilation of Non-Enforcement and Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Mutual Fund Directors Must Be Vigilant in Addressing Risks - In remarks to the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined some of the risks and challenges that mutual fund...more

FinCEN Requires Financial Institutions to Obtain Beneficial Ownership

FinCEN’s new CIP beneficial owner rules may hinder the ability of shell and nominee companies to directly access the US financial system without disclosing the natural persons who own 25% or more of the company. Pooled...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Publishes Small Entity Compliance Guide for Crowdfunding - On May 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a small entity compliance guide for companies wishing to...more

SEC Eyes Mutual Fund Transfer Agents

The SEC’s December advance notice of proposed rulemaking, concept release and request for comment (ANPR) concerning its transfer agent rules, may foreshadow significant changes for mutual fund transfer agents. Even though...more

SEC Probes Retirement Advice

The SEC has been sending lengthy sweep examination letters to many registered investment advisers (RIAs) and broker-dealers, requesting a broad variety of information regarding retirement plan advice. A form of the...more

Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 Passes Muster in U.S. House of Representatives

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 5019) by a vote of 411 to 6. This bill directs the SEC to amend its regulations under the Securities Act of...more

SEC Proposes New Limits on Funds’ Use of Derivatives

The SEC recently proposed a new rule (Rule 18f-4) to govern the use of derivatives by mutual funds, ETFs, and closed-end funds (including BDCs). The proposed rule would subject funds that use derivatives to new leverage...more

Possible Worlds Versus Probable Worlds - the Metaphysics of Systemic Risk: FSOC Revisits Asset Managers

On April 18, 2016, the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) again warned that asset managers present systemic risk to financial stability in five key areas: ..liquidity and redemptions; ..leverage;...more

Investment Management Update - April 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - How The Fiduciary Rule Will Harm Fintech And Startups - The Department of Labor may not be the first federal agency on an early-stage startup founder’s...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Remember to Update Your Risk Disclosure on an Ongoing Basis - The staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance reminding mutual funds, exchange traded funds, and other...more

Investment Management Update - March 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. SEC, FINRA...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Tax-writing House Committee Proposes $48 Million Hike - The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a package of revenue measures totaling more than $48 million. The package includes a transportation funding bill...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.10.16

The SEC’s been floating an idea that would require mutual funds “to increase their liquidity cushions to accommodate investors looking to leave in a hurry,” but the industry’s pushing back—hard—despite the recent Third Avenue...more

The Decline of the Small IPO

A recent journal article by Prof. Robert Bartlett, III, Prof. Paul Rose, and Prof. Steven Davidoff Solomon (What Happened in 1998? The Demise of the Small IPO and the Investing Preferences of Mutual Funds) suggests that the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.8.16

Health-care focused hedge fund Visium Asset Management disclosed to investors yesterday that it’s the subject of an ongoing SEC and DOJ investigation—reportedly over Visium’s “valuation of certain securities” in a fund it...more

SEC Staff Publishes its Views on Oversight of Certain Payments to Financial Intermediaries

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management (Staff) published a Guidance Update on January 6, 2016 related to mutual fund distribution and sub-accounting fees. In the...more

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

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