January 25, 2021

SEC Staff Grants No-Action Relief from Section 17(f) of the 1940 Act and Rule 17f-2 Thereunder with Respect to Self-Custody of Loan Interests

On January 13, 2021, the SEC staff (Staff) granted no-action relief pursuant to Section 17(f) of the 1940 Act and Rule 17f-2 thereunder with respect to certain funds (Funds) or their directors or officers if the Funds, each acting as self-custodian of its assets, maintain custody of loan interests pursuant…

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December 30, 2020

Invesco Receives Relief from the SEC to Launch Semi-Transparent ETFs

Invesco Capital Management LLC (Invesco) recently received exemptive relief from the SEC to launch semi-transparent, actively-managed ETFs registered under the 1940 Act (ST ETFs) that follow a “proxy portfolio” model.  ST ETFs are ETFs that generally do not disclose their full portfolio holdings each day before the open of trading. …

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December 23, 2020

SEC Amends Rules to Facilitate Electronic Submission of Documents

In light of the public health concerns and logistical challenges facing registrants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as technological developments in the authentication and security of electronic signatures, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has voted to adopt amendments to Regulation S-T and the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis…

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December 18, 2020

Pricing Service to Pay $8 Million to Settle SEC Charges

The SEC recently settled charges against a global securities pricing service and registered investment adviser (Pricing Service), for compliance deficiencies relating to its delivery to clients of prices for certain categories of fixed-income securities based on quotes it received from a single market participant (single broker quotes).  According to the…

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December 18, 2020

SEC’s Investment Management Division Issues Guidance on Funds’ Risk Disclosure Regarding Investments in Emerging Markets

The SEC Division of Investment Management’s Disclosure Review and Accounting Office (Staff) has issued guidance (Guidance) based on current findings from the Staff’s ongoing review of risk disclosures for both actively managed and index funds with significant exposure to emerging markets. The Guidance notes that in many emerging markets there…

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December 17, 2020

SEC Adopts Rule to Modernize Fund Valuation Practices

On December 3, 2020, the SEC adopted new Rule 2a-5 (Rule) under the 1940 Act addressing valuation practices and the role of the board of directors/trustees (board) with respect to determining the fair value of the investments of a registered investment company or business development company (fund). Section 2(a)(41) of…

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November 24, 2020

SEC Settles Charges Against Investment Advisory Firms and Dually-Registered Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser Firms Related to Sales of Complex Exchange-Traded Products

The SEC recently announced that it has entered into settlement agreements with three investment advisory firms and two dually-registered broker-dealer and advisory firms (the firms) related to the firms’ recommendations to retail investors of certain complex exchange-traded products (ETPs) linked to volatility benchmarks, including exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded funds…

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November 20, 2020

Compliance and Effective Dates Set for Final Rule and Related Amendments for Fund-of-Funds Arrangements

On November 19, 2020, the release reflecting the SEC’s adoption of Rule 12d1-4 (FoF Rule) under the 1940 Act and related amendments designed to implement a regulatory framework for investments by registered investment companies and business development companies (BDCs) (collectively, funds) in underlying funds was published in the Federal Register,…

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November 18, 2020

SEC Adopts Modernized Regulatory Framework for Derivatives Use by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies

The SEC recently adopted Rule 18f-4 (Rule), and rule and form amendments under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (1940 Act), designed to provide a modernized and comprehensive approach to the regulation of the use of derivatives and other financial instruments by registered investment companies and business development…

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October 29, 2020

SEC Staff’s Latest Dear CFO Letters Rescind or Modify Certain Existing Staff Positions and Express New Staff Positions

On October 23, 2020, the staff of the SEC Chief Accountant’s Office of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) issued its latest industry comment letters (Dear CFO Letters) directed to chief financial officers and independent public accountants of funds and business development companies (BDCs) regarding accounting- and auditing-related disclosure matters.

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